No-one is safe - Sodje

First published in Football Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , business editor

VETERAN defender Efe Sodje has warned Bury’s entire squad they are playing for their footballing futures as they battle to avoid relegation from League One.

The Shakers 2-0 victory over Tranmere – their first win for 13 matches – lifted the Gigg Lane club five points above the relegation zone and, encouragingly for Richie Barker’s side, they are now unbeaten in three outings having kept two clean sheets.

The 39-year-old Sodje, who broke the deadlock in the Rovers clash with a superb looping header, said he and his team-mates must continue to battle for their lives.

He has forged a promising partnership with Huddersfield loanee Nathan Clarke with whom he played at the West Yorkshire club, but dismissed suggestions that his centre-back partner was the only Bury player in danger of leaving the club at the end of the season.

“It’s not only Nathan who is playing for his future,” said Sodje. “We are all in that situation, because, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’ve got a one year or two-year contract, if we go down, the club will have to let us go.

“So nobody is safe. People think that they are, but they’re not.”

However, the Nigerian is convinced Bury have what it takes to stay up and is confident of a positive result when they travel to Brentford on Saturday to face what is likely to be a highly physical threat.

“We’re not bothered who we play,” he said. “If we play like we did in the last three or four games, we will not have a problem.

“Yes, Brentford are a big physical side, but we had that against Tranmere and we coped with it. We will defend, that’s what we’re there for and we’ll keep on doing it.”

Sodje maintains he always knew Bury would be promoted from League Two last season and that they would stay up, and he still believes that.

But he admitted to relief at the Tranmere result while conceding the Bury squad had fallen into the trap of complacency which may have brought about the recent run of bad form.

“We were relieved,” he said. “But we believe in our force and we’ll just keep on going.

“Some of us thought it was going to be easy because a few months ago we were about 12th in the league, and they stepped off the gas.

“But there was a reality check where people thought ‘wow, we’re going to be fighting a battle’. In the last three games we have fought well.”

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9:42pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

You mean none of our defenders are safe when you are in the backline making your usual comical errors and giving away free kicks and penalties.Deary me what a shambolic performance i hate to say i told you so but i predicted a 3-0 thrashing on another thread Let's just hope that Wyc don't pick up any points on Monday and we avoid defeat otherwise down we go.At least the Fail will be almost relegated by Easter Monday.If and i say if our stupid board stick with this clown for another season do you honestly think we will attract any decent players for 2012-2013 season.I mean he's turning good players in to a sunday league outfit here.I can't see anyone having the faith in Richie to bring us on next season.Oh and that spying mission on Brentford worked a treat in mid-week didn't it Richie?,we still lost 3-0.I hear the weather forecast for monday is absolutely wretched so the numbers will be down for the game.
You mean none of our defenders are safe when you are in the backline making your usual comical errors and giving away free kicks and penalties.Deary me what a shambolic performance i hate to say i told you so but i predicted a 3-0 thrashing on another thread Let's just hope that Wyc don't pick up any points on Monday and we avoid defeat otherwise down we go.At least the Fail will be almost relegated by Easter Monday.If and i say if our stupid board stick with this clown for another season do you honestly think we will attract any decent players for 2012-2013 season.I mean he's turning good players in to a sunday league outfit here.I can't see anyone having the faith in Richie to bring us on next season.Oh and that spying mission on Brentford worked a treat in mid-week didn't it Richie?,we still lost 3-0.I hear the weather forecast for monday is absolutely wretched so the numbers will be down for the game. Eileenshakers
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9:46pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

Ps why has Hannah Ingram been given a blog on this site she's usually working on the Bury fc page and her usual football programme commitments?.It seems our Hannah is just using football as a medium to further her career and a rather large ego to boot.
Ps why has Hannah Ingram been given a blog on this site she's usually working on the Bury fc page and her usual football programme commitments?.It seems our Hannah is just using football as a medium to further her career and a rather large ego to boot. Eileenshakers
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10:01am Mon 9 Apr 12

nomoresurfin says...

Any team playing novices at goalkeeper and right back as well as the atrocious Joey Skarz at left back were always likely to struggle against a decent Brentford side.Wth Carson,Sodje and Clarke together the problems at full back have been obscured lately but how much longer can we afford to carry the wretched Skarz? Barker's lack of tactical nous and disastrous dealings in the transfer market could stil cost us our league one status.
Any team playing novices at goalkeeper and right back as well as the atrocious Joey Skarz at left back were always likely to struggle against a decent Brentford side.Wth Carson,Sodje and Clarke together the problems at full back have been obscured lately but how much longer can we afford to carry the wretched Skarz? Barker's lack of tactical nous and disastrous dealings in the transfer market could stil cost us our league one status. nomoresurfin
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8:03am Tue 10 Apr 12

shakencity says...

Much better performance yesterday that i think all but secures our league 1 status, but how much of that was down to Colchester having nothing to play for, as they looked a poor outfit. I thought Harrad and Grella did ok up top, but it was the midfield that really won us the game imo, they never stopped working and knocked the ball about confidently. The keeper didn't really ooze much confidence though, there were a couple of very iffy tips over the bar, but hey ho, there's only 4 games to go. We need to sort this area out pre-season, rumour has it Carson's coming back if we stay up......is that the case?
Richie made his usual baffling substitutions.....Hu
ghes coming on into CM, what's that all about? This lad's not even a footballer, yet comes on to replace Sweeney in the engine room.......his 1st kick's a mis-hit hoof back into our own box.Doh!!! Picken replacing a forward (not Elford) in the last minute.......we're 4-1 up Richie, not hanging on at 1-0 or are you saving him for next Saturday.....ah gotcha ya!
Much better performance yesterday that i think all but secures our league 1 status, but how much of that was down to Colchester having nothing to play for, as they looked a poor outfit. I thought Harrad and Grella did ok up top, but it was the midfield that really won us the game imo, they never stopped working and knocked the ball about confidently. The keeper didn't really ooze much confidence though, there were a couple of very iffy tips over the bar, but hey ho, there's only 4 games to go. We need to sort this area out pre-season, rumour has it Carson's coming back if we stay up......is that the case? Richie made his usual baffling substitutions.....Hu ghes coming on into CM, what's that all about? This lad's not even a footballer, yet comes on to replace Sweeney in the engine room.......his 1st kick's a mis-hit hoof back into our own box.Doh!!! Picken replacing a forward (not Elford) in the last minute.......we're 4-1 up Richie, not hanging on at 1-0 or are you saving him for next Saturday.....ah gotcha ya! shakencity
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4:13pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

The end justifies the means and what a great performance it was winning 4-1.Yes Colchester were absolutely atrocious no more or less so than Tranmere were the previous time we played at home.If we can keep this midfield together we will be ok now and for the next few seasons.I still think however there are players in our team who are below league 1 standard.I was delighted for Grella & Harrad because both have been been used sparingly in the past few weeks.1 More win will keep us up.With us having the second worst defence in the league it's quite an achievement in it self.I hope mother and baby are well Bishy.But please don't come back too soon we didn't miss you too much today.
The end justifies the means and what a great performance it was winning 4-1.Yes Colchester were absolutely atrocious no more or less so than Tranmere were the previous time we played at home.If we can keep this midfield together we will be ok now and for the next few seasons.I still think however there are players in our team who are below league 1 standard.I was delighted for Grella & Harrad because both have been been used sparingly in the past few weeks.1 More win will keep us up.With us having the second worst defence in the league it's quite an achievement in it self.I hope mother and baby are well Bishy.But please don't come back too soon we didn't miss you too much today. Eileenshakers
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4:46pm Tue 10 Apr 12

DODGY MEISTER says...

Great game against a very poor Colchester side, even time for party games with a beach ball in the main stand.

Took one in the face for the boys.

UTS
Great game against a very poor Colchester side, even time for party games with a beach ball in the main stand. Took one in the face for the boys. UTS DODGY MEISTER
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12:40pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

You can only beat what's in front of you Dodgy,it's onwards and upwards for the happy shakers now.Maybe Richie can start to take stock of his squad and examine where he is short and whom have failed him this season.There are many positives.We will average 9th position in our last 5 seasons if we stay where we are.13th,4th,9th,2nd and 17th average out at 9th position.I just hope we can steal a few fans from Fail and The Trotters when they both go down to boost our flagging attendences.
You can only beat what's in front of you Dodgy,it's onwards and upwards for the happy shakers now.Maybe Richie can start to take stock of his squad and examine where he is short and whom have failed him this season.There are many positives.We will average 9th position in our last 5 seasons if we stay where we are.13th,4th,9th,2nd and 17th average out at 9th position.I just hope we can steal a few fans from Fail and The Trotters when they both go down to boost our flagging attendences. Eileenshakers
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3:26pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Eileenshakers says...

I hear Richie has been unhappy about the small minority of fans moaning throughout saturday's game against Bournemouth.The answer to this problem is quite simple,you need to either send some stewards in to remove the offending people or make an announcement on the pitch.I think the Oldham game would be the right time and place to do this.Last season Ryan Lowe also had to address these mindless fans who follow our club.Everyone has the right to moan and vent their spleen but i agree with Richie not when you are winning a game that's rediculous.It's possible these fans may have come for the day,they might even be fans of other football clubs.I noticed Rochdale's attendence on saturday was a few 100 down on their normal gates.Perhaps our captain might like also to make a plea with these disaffected moronic minorities.I for one don't want them at our club next season.Yes the brand of football been played this season wasn't the best but Richie has done a fantastic job keeping us in this division for another season.We will only end up scaring away any new potential players if they see this is how our fans treat their heroes during their home games.
I hear Richie has been unhappy about the small minority of fans moaning throughout saturday's game against Bournemouth.The answer to this problem is quite simple,you need to either send some stewards in to remove the offending people or make an announcement on the pitch.I think the Oldham game would be the right time and place to do this.Last season Ryan Lowe also had to address these mindless fans who follow our club.Everyone has the right to moan and vent their spleen but i agree with Richie not when you are winning a game that's rediculous.It's possible these fans may have come for the day,they might even be fans of other football clubs.I noticed Rochdale's attendence on saturday was a few 100 down on their normal gates.Perhaps our captain might like also to make a plea with these disaffected moronic minorities.I for one don't want them at our club next season.Yes the brand of football been played this season wasn't the best but Richie has done a fantastic job keeping us in this division for another season.We will only end up scaring away any new potential players if they see this is how our fans treat their heroes during their home games. Eileenshakers
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