Captain issues rallying call

STEVEN Schumacher has challenged the Shakers to “man up” as the going gets tough in League One.

After suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since September, Richie Barker’s side now have three consecutive home games to stabilise their league form.

Following two energy-sapping trips to Exeter and Milton Keynes in the last six days, the small Gigg Lane squad is showing definite signs of wear and tear.

Phil Picken (thigh), Peter Sweeney (back) and Schumacher (groin) were all taken off in midweek as a precautionary measure, but the skipper reckons minor injuries are part and parcel of life at this stage of the campaign.

“You’ve got to keep going,” he said. “We haven’t got a massive squad so I don’t think anyone will be going into Saturday absolutely 100 per cent right.

“We’ve played such a number of games in a short period of time, it’s tough, and people are going to have to man up and get through it.

“We need the points in the next few home games.”

Barker has received a boost ahead of the weekend visit of Leyton Orient, with striker Andy Bishop now likely to return after an ankle problem.

Giles Coke’s red card in the 2-1 defeat at MK Dons means he will be unavailable, pointing to a likely recall for David Worrall against the Londoners. New loan signing Lateef Elford-Alliyu is also a strong candidate to start.

Even though Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat made it five games without a win for the Shakers, Schumacher is far from despondent heading into the final third of the campaign.

He accepts, however, that with two sides around them in the table – Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United – and promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town to visit Gigg Lane in the next week or so, this could be a pivotal time for the club.

“A couple of little mistakes here and there are killing us at the minute – knock them on the head and the results will turn round for us,” he said.

“We’ve had some tough games. Exeter isn’t an easy place to go to, and MK Dons are looking to go up automatically, but this is the first time we’ve lost two in a row since September.

“We’re still positive because we’re not doing a lot wrong. Our performances have been okay and the fans will probably agree that we haven’t let ourselves down too often this season.”

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2:42pm Mon 27 Feb 12

Eileenshakers says...

Had the 2 penalties been avoided in the away games then we would now be on 42 points.We were the better side against MkDons in the first half and made some school boy errors in the first half at Exeter.I agree with Schuey that the lads are doing most things right but we need to start matches on the front foot like we did against MkDons and get an early goal at home it will breed confidence in to the side.I think we needed a striker like Grellar and a solid goalkeeper who is fit and raring to go.Probably in midfield we are carrying too many injuries so perhaps we could look to bring in one or two reinforcements.
Had the 2 penalties been avoided in the away games then we would now be on 42 points.We were the better side against MkDons in the first half and made some school boy errors in the first half at Exeter.I agree with Schuey that the lads are doing most things right but we need to start matches on the front foot like we did against MkDons and get an early goal at home it will breed confidence in to the side.I think we needed a striker like Grellar and a solid goalkeeper who is fit and raring to go.Probably in midfield we are carrying too many injuries so perhaps we could look to bring in one or two reinforcements. Eileenshakers

1:29pm Wed 29 Feb 12

Eileenshakers says...

Oh dear me it looks like our captain's rallying call has fallen on deaf ears once again.Another defeat and woeful performance.Your tactics and team selections are backfiring on you Richie.Can't you see the oposition know how to stop us from early on in games.We have been well and truly rumbled.We don't have a plan b and the manager keeps coming out with the same old reteric.If we can just get to 50 points,the gates are poor,the public don't back you Richie because they don't believe in you.It's time for a change now so please board if you have any ambition you must see fit to relieve Richie and his useless side-kick of their duties pronto.We are going down whether we appoint someone or not that is for sure.We cannot sustain league 1 football as our gates are just too poor.What bright spark decided to allow us to play 3 back to back home games knowing that we can't afford to lose saturday revenue in view of these postponed games?.I've noticed a pattern of us having to put up with what the other teams want and it has resulted in us having back to back home games and a horrendous run on fixtures which aren't the easiest to win.If you don't get in to the opositions faces early on then they can set the tempo of a game and score at their leisure knowing we will find it hard to recover.This is happening time in time out every game we play we never score the first goal because of the style of play and the manager's negative 4-5-1 tactics.Get real Richie you can change the personal as much as you like but the results will be the same because you know nothing about tactics.When was the last time we surprised the oposition with a quick free kick or shot?.I've had enough and will be staying away from Gigg lane until we change our manager.
Oh dear me it looks like our captain's rallying call has fallen on deaf ears once again.Another defeat and woeful performance.Your tactics and team selections are backfiring on you Richie.Can't you see the oposition know how to stop us from early on in games.We have been well and truly rumbled.We don't have a plan b and the manager keeps coming out with the same old reteric.If we can just get to 50 points,the gates are poor,the public don't back you Richie because they don't believe in you.It's time for a change now so please board if you have any ambition you must see fit to relieve Richie and his useless side-kick of their duties pronto.We are going down whether we appoint someone or not that is for sure.We cannot sustain league 1 football as our gates are just too poor.What bright spark decided to allow us to play 3 back to back home games knowing that we can't afford to lose saturday revenue in view of these postponed games?.I've noticed a pattern of us having to put up with what the other teams want and it has resulted in us having back to back home games and a horrendous run on fixtures which aren't the easiest to win.If you don't get in to the opositions faces early on then they can set the tempo of a game and score at their leisure knowing we will find it hard to recover.This is happening time in time out every game we play we never score the first goal because of the style of play and the manager's negative 4-5-1 tactics.Get real Richie you can change the personal as much as you like but the results will be the same because you know nothing about tactics.When was the last time we surprised the oposition with a quick free kick or shot?.I've had enough and will be staying away from Gigg lane until we change our manager. Eileenshakers

9:31am Wed 7 Mar 12

Eileenshakers says...

Sad to say that nobody is listening to your concerns Steve.I feel for you as captain it must hurt losing all of these games and in the manner of the defeats.We have the 2nd worst record in terms of goals conceeded and the worst defeats ratio in the bottom half of the table.Currently we are the second worst team in the league on form.Ignore what Ritchie is saying he has no tactics,makes rediculous substitutions at the wrong times in matches like taking Bishop off after 46 mins then we conceed three goals in 12 mins against The Owls what a surprise.The only crumb of comfort is that we have now played all of the so called big boys of this league but i still can't see us getting to the 50 point mark.We have a losing mentality before we have even entered the football arena that stems from the manager and his nervous defensive tactics(Time to act Brian Fenton,show us long suffering Bury fans that you really give a hoot about our club's impending demise).Perhaps it would make better financial sense to go down as it must be costing the club a fortune to stay in this league.If you sell your best players for peanuts then i'm affraid you make yourself look like a bunch of baboons to the fans of other clubs.RITCHIE OUT NOW (A MESSAGE TO ALL BURY FANS LET'S STAY AWAY FROM GIGG LANE UNTIL BARKER IS SACKED).
Sad to say that nobody is listening to your concerns Steve.I feel for you as captain it must hurt losing all of these games and in the manner of the defeats.We have the 2nd worst record in terms of goals conceeded and the worst defeats ratio in the bottom half of the table.Currently we are the second worst team in the league on form.Ignore what Ritchie is saying he has no tactics,makes rediculous substitutions at the wrong times in matches like taking Bishop off after 46 mins then we conceed three goals in 12 mins against The Owls what a surprise.The only crumb of comfort is that we have now played all of the so called big boys of this league but i still can't see us getting to the 50 point mark.We have a losing mentality before we have even entered the football arena that stems from the manager and his nervous defensive tactics(Time to act Brian Fenton,show us long suffering Bury fans that you really give a hoot about our club's impending demise).Perhaps it would make better financial sense to go down as it must be costing the club a fortune to stay in this league.If you sell your best players for peanuts then i'm affraid you make yourself look like a bunch of baboons to the fans of other clubs.RITCHIE OUT NOW (A MESSAGE TO ALL BURY FANS LET'S STAY AWAY FROM GIGG LANE UNTIL BARKER IS SACKED). Eileenshakers

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