Lenny aiming to emulate his skipper

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LENELL John-Lewis hailed the performance of captain Steven Schumacher after the club’s top scorer rifled in his eighth goal of the season to earn Bury a point at MK Dons.

That made it four in the last six games for Schumacher, but the 23-year-old striker has vowed to put the prolific midfielder in the shade by weighing in with some goals of his own.

He said: “We were just saying in the dressing room that we can’t remember who the last person to score was apart from Schuey, so it would be nice to take the pressure off him, definitely.”

But he added: “The goals he’s got have been vital and crucial for us, so that’s brilliant.

“He’s been outstanding this season. His workrate is unbelievable, and since I’ve come to the club I’ve always said he’s a great leader.”

John-Lewis would love to follow his lead, but has so far only added two goals this season to his total of 18 since moving to Gigg Lane in August 2010.

His composure in front of goal has let him down in the past, and he missed a great chance to win the match on Saturday, claiming the MK Dons keeper got a touch to deflect his prodded shot wide after being put through by Tom Soares in the 71st minute.

But the youngster believes he has more to offer the team than just goals.

On Saturday, he led the line on his own and was a constant thorn in the side of the MK Dons defenders, using his physical presence to harry them in possession, winning header after header and utilising his pace to get in behind the back-line on more than one occasion.

“It’s football, I’m a striker, I get paid to score goals, but at the end of the day I know I give more to the team than just scoring goals,” he said, after spearheading manager Kevin Blackwell’s tactics on Saturday by defending from the front and bringing Bury’s five-man midfield into play.

“If I’m on the pitch then that’s what I try to do, if I get a goal then that’s a bonus.

“We come prepared – we know our game plan and we know what we’re going to do. The gaffer has organised us well and we’ve put it into effect.”

The former Lincoln forward was also unlucky not to win a first-half penalty, referee Fred Graham giving the foul the other way after John-Lewis was brought down by MK Dons keeper Dave Martin.

“I’ve gone up for the header and he’s 100 per cent pulled me down,” he said.

“I can’t understand how it’s not a penalty; but the referee’s said I’ve jumped into the keeper, that’s his reason.”

As with the penalty and his late chance, luck was again against John-Lewis and his side, conspiring to extend their winless streak to 11 matches, but the young striker believes the hard-earned point could prove crucial in Bury’s fight to beat the League One drop.

It moved the Shakers up to third-bottom and kept them within three points of Scunthorpe in 20th.

“This could turn it,” he said. “We’ve got 19 games to go now and this point could be a turning point. This is a great point away from home.”

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3:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

A little bird tells me that a league 2 side have put a bid in for La Shop,i hope it's true because let's face it he's never likely to score a sack full of goals for us is he?.Walk the walk not just talk the talk please.
A little bird tells me that a league 2 side have put a bid in for La Shop,i hope it's true because let's face it he's never likely to score a sack full of goals for us is he?.Walk the walk not just talk the talk please. Eileenshakers
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7:00pm Thu 17 Jan 13

aliveandkicking3 says...

Must be Bristol Rovers :-)
Must be Bristol Rovers :-) aliveandkicking3
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10:05am Fri 18 Jan 13

ctu6850 says...

I was at Milton Keynes on Saturday with 3 guys who normally watch matches at a higher level and all agreed Lewis was man of the match and worked tirelessly for the team for 80 minutes before running out of steam, maybe he should have scored but he made a real pest of himself which created space for others, he also seemed to be the focus of attention and expectation from our supporters.
I was at Milton Keynes on Saturday with 3 guys who normally watch matches at a higher level and all agreed Lewis was man of the match and worked tirelessly for the team for 80 minutes before running out of steam, maybe he should have scored but he made a real pest of himself which created space for others, he also seemed to be the focus of attention and expectation from our supporters. ctu6850
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12:53pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

It must have been a one off performance because usually he's an average player playing in an average team.

If you pay league 2 wages on BSP gates playing in league 1 then the sums won't add up and the performances will end in getting relegated.

Our manager has done as much as he can given his limited resources.

How come it's always our home games that are postponed?.The writing is on the wall i think.
It must have been a one off performance because usually he's an average player playing in an average team. If you pay league 2 wages on BSP gates playing in league 1 then the sums won't add up and the performances will end in getting relegated. Our manager has done as much as he can given his limited resources. How come it's always our home games that are postponed?.The writing is on the wall i think. Eileenshakers
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12:02pm Sat 19 Jan 13

ctu6850 says...

Sounds like you've given up Eileen, but they did play really well against MK and the discipline shown by Worral at full back was superb, the temptation to go forward must have been killing him, on the matter of wages bury have always suffered from low gates and usually survive by selling players, but in these days of short term contracts at lower clubs we can't even do that (see Bournemouth just signed a player for £400k), as for postponed games I think it may be something to do with the weather!!
Sounds like you've given up Eileen, but they did play really well against MK and the discipline shown by Worral at full back was superb, the temptation to go forward must have been killing him, on the matter of wages bury have always suffered from low gates and usually survive by selling players, but in these days of short term contracts at lower clubs we can't even do that (see Bournemouth just signed a player for £400k), as for postponed games I think it may be something to do with the weather!! ctu6850
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1:28pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

Ctu6580 not giving up am just being pragmatic and realistic.

As to the weather why couldn't the snow have come last weekend?.

It's so ironic how we lose valuable revenue from home postponements.

It could actually snow anytime between November and March but strangely when we are playing at home the weather seems to cause us problems.

The loss of Tuesdays's game against the Blunts is unthinkable from a revenue perspective.

However had it been played on it's original date in early January this game would have generated more income.

Too many things are going against us this season,at least the embargo has now been lifted.

Is mis la meas Eileen
Ctu6580 not giving up am just being pragmatic and realistic. As to the weather why couldn't the snow have come last weekend?. It's so ironic how we lose valuable revenue from home postponements. It could actually snow anytime between November and March but strangely when we are playing at home the weather seems to cause us problems. The loss of Tuesdays's game against the Blunts is unthinkable from a revenue perspective. However had it been played on it's original date in early January this game would have generated more income. Too many things are going against us this season,at least the embargo has now been lifted. Is mis la meas Eileen Eileenshakers
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