LEE Clark has asked Shakers fans to judge him once he has been able to get his best side out on the pitch.

Beset by injury problems in his squad over the first five games of the League One campaign, the Bury boss can now see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Clark faces back-to-back away games at Rotherham and Fleetwood with Chris Maguire and Michael Smith edging their way towards full fitness.

Fears over Nathan Cameron’s knee have been eased, while Romanian winger Alex Dobre could also come in for his debut this weekend after international commitments had rendered him unavailable for the 1-0 home defeat against Scunthorpe United.

The Shakers have won just once in their first five outings but Clark is confident improvement is just around the corner.

“We’re starting to resemble the type of team I want,” he said. “Ultimately you want to win, you want to pick up points but nobody’s panicking, we will get it right. We have got to stay calm, stay focused on what we are doing. Would we like to have had more points after five games? Without a shadow of a doubt, there’s no getting away from it.

“We have to start getting the results but nothing is won in the first week of September.

“I know what my best 11 will be and when I can get that on the pitch you’ll see the difference.”

Eoghan O’Connell will step up his return from a knee injury next week and the Shakers are keeping fingers crossed for good news on Jay O’Shea, who saw a specialist yesterday over a similar problem.

Cameron limped off against Scunthorpe and reported swelling in his knee on Monday – but Clark is optimistic the problem can be managed and the big centre-half can play a part in forthcoming games.

“Thankfully it was more to do with cramp and fatigue and not the knee,” he said. “We’re not hiding anything from anybody. He has got to be managed – he’s the Ledley King of League One. He hardly trained but played. Paul McGrath was the same going back a bit further.”