PRESSURE will not be a factor when Bury travel to second-bottom Northampton Town on Saturday, according to loan signing Chris Hussey.
The Burton Albion defender has been impressed by the relaxed atmosphere fostered in the camp by manager David Flitcroft since arriving at the JD Stadium earlier this month.
And while the Shakers head to the Sixfields with just a four-point cushion over the Cobblers, he is confident his new team-mates have what it takes to claim League Two survival.
“At the minute they are not all must-win games,” said the 24-year-old. “There is not a lot of pressure on us. The gaffer has taken the pressure off us.
“If we get a win (at Northampton) then that’s all the better for us, but we will keep on going whatever the result. “We have got plenty of games left and I am positive we will stay up – we are more than good enough.”
Bury go into the relegation six-pointer in 19th place in the table following back-to-back draws at home to Dagenham & Redbridge last Saturday and at Newport County in midweek.
Chris Wilder’s improving Northampton also picked up two points this week, but would have been within touching distance of the Shakers had they not conceded a 96th-minute equaliser at home to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.
Hussey is not concerned, however, by a recent poor run of results that has seen Bury reeled in by their relegation rivals after failing to win in their last seven matches, picking up five points from a possible 21 in the process.
In fact, the attacking full-back, who struggled by his own admission on his debut at Southend but has since put in promising displays against Dagenham and Newport, has seen enough to want to make his loan move permanent.
“I am out of contract in the summer and I would love to stay – the club has got ambitions to go places and I want to be a part of that,” said the London-born defender.
“I have come to a good club and I feel part of it here. The gaffer said I needed a place I can call home. I have been here two weeks and I feel like I’ve settled in quicker than snow.” Flitcroft, meanwhile, hopes to strengthen his attacking options with a loan signing before the window closes today.
“We are doing everything within our power at the minute,” he said. “The chairman is supporting my efforts in bringing in a new striker, but at the minute we’ve not been able to.”
Midfielders Tom Soares (hamstring) and Tommy Miller (thigh) face late fitness tests ahead of Saturday’s trip to Northampton, while striker Daniel Nardiello continues to nurse a hamstring problem, but should be fit to play.