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MATCHDAY: Bury 0 Sheffield United 2
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Bury 0 Sheffield United 2
90 - SUBS - Joe Ironside on for Dave Kitson
81 - SUBS - David Healy on for Andy Bishop
74 - SUBS - Barry Robson on for Jonathan Forte
63 – SUB – David Worrall replaces Steven Schumacher
60 - Bury 0 Sheffield United 2 - A Sheffield United corner is only half-cleared by Bury and is worked back out to winger Jamie Murphy on the left, who runs into the box and curls a right-footed shot into the top corner.
53 - Great chance for Ashley Eastham, who fails to direct his volley on target as he beat the offside trap to turn Schumacher's free-kick towards goal at the back post.
Bury get the second half underway with both sides unchanged...
Bury 0 Sheffield United 1
Zubar is hobbling badly, looks like he could struggle to continue.
39 - Bury 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 - Jonathan Forte shows great skill to control a ball knocked forward down the left channel with his left foot and turn his marker, Stephane Zubar, inside out. With Zubar left on the floor, Forte then powers a right-footed strike into the bottom corner from just inside the box, leaving Carson no chance.
Referee Graham Salisbury sees something he doesn't like in the box and awards the Blades a free-kick. Possibly a foul by Tom Soares before the ball was even kicked.
Corner for Bury...
33 - Flynn picks up the loose ball after Ashley Eastham and Stephane Zubar fail to clear a long punt, but the United midfielder is ushered wide enough and his shot is well held by Carson.
34 - A Zac Thompson shot is well charged down as Bury break again.
It's another cagey start from Bury. They are breaking well, but the emphasis is on nullifying the threat posed by United.
21 – Carson scrambles the ball away after Flynn’s corner rebounded off Harry Maguire towards the bottom corner.
19 - George Long dives full stretch to turn Ajose's curling effort behind for a corner.
15 - Nicky Ajose comes away with the ball after good work on the left from Joe Skarz and Steven Schumacher, but the Bury forward skewed his right-foot shot across goal from 20 yards.
9 - Jonathan Forte should have buried Sheffield United's first decent chance of the match, but the lanky striker could only turn Ryan Flynn's low cross from the right straight at Trevor Carson from six yards.
6 - Steven Schumacher puts a 25-yard free-kick well over.
5 - Jamie Murphy fires the first effort of the match over for Sheffield United.
Sheffield United get the first half underway...
#BuryFC fans can tweet me during matches @CraigNelsonBT and I will try to post as many of them as possible on the blog— @CraigNelsonBT 12 February 2013
Bury's late deal to extend Ethan Ebanks-Landell's loan from Wolves until the end of the season has allowed manager Kevin Blackwell to name an unchanged side from Saturday's 2-2 draw at Brentford.
The young Championship player will continue in a holding role in midfield alongside Zac Thompson, allowing the Shakers' top scorer Steven Schumacher the licence to bomb forward in support of lone frontman Andy Bishop.
Nicky Ajose will be hoping to continue his rich vein of scoring form after bagging two goals in as many games since arriving back at Gigg Lane on loan from Peterborough.
There is also no change on the bench, with winger David Worrall easing his way back from a thigh strain.
New signing Yulu - a former Brugge striker, who scored for the Belgian side against Juventus in the Champions League - has not been named in the squad, with Bury still waiting for international clearance.
BURY: Carson; Regan, Eastham, Zubar, Skarz; Ebanks-Landell, Thompson; Soares, Schumacher, Ajose; Bishop.
Subs: Worrall, C Jones, Carrington, Healy, Belford, Carole.
SHEFFIELD UNITED: Long; Higginbotham, Maguire, Doyle, McDonald, Kitson, Collins, Forte, Murphy, McMahon.
Subs: Westlake, Hill, Robson, McFadzean, Ironside, Coyne, De Girolamo.
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Good evening to any Bury fans who can't make it down to Gigg Lane for what is another crucial match in the Shakers' bid to avoid relegation.
Kevin Blackwell comes up against his former club tonight, but the Bury boss is adamant that is mind is fully focused on getting three points, not revenge.
It will be interesting to see his team selection after a safety-first approach of late has seen them go four matches unbeaten, including a 2-0 win over second-placed Doncaster last time out at Gigg Lane.
One man who definitely won't be selected is Shakers legend Efe Sodje, who has joined Barrow on a month's loan.
However, Blackwell has secured an extension to Ethan Ebanks-Landell's loan deal from Wolves until the end of the season.
Ebanks-Landell has become an integral part of Bury's new 4-2-3-1 system, acting as a cover in front of the back four.
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