Blackwell puts ball in directors' court

KEVIN Blackwell has called for more backing from the Bury directors as he faces selection problems ahead of tonight’s crucial clash at Scunthorpe.

The Shakers boss will definitely be without Adam Lockwood for the League One basement battle, while there are continued doubts over the fitness of experienced strikers Andy Bishop and David Healy.

All three players missed Saturday’s defeat at Colchester, which ended a run of three straight victories for Bury and saw them fall back to second bottom in the table.

Blackwell, pictured, struggled to hide his frustration with his strikers’ niggling injury woes at the weekend, with Bishop suffering a recurrence of a heel problem and Healy aggravating a calf strain after scoring for Northern Ireland in midweek.

He is now concerned that their continued absence could not only affect tonight’s result against third-bottom Scunthorpe – where a win for either side could move them clear of the drop zone – but also undermine the club’s recent revival.

“They are all important games and that’s why we need all of our experienced players, and we need them fit and fit quickly,” said Blackwell. “Locky has got a deep groin injury and that could take two to four weeks to heal.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to be for Bishop and Healy.

“We need numbers. I’ve been saying that to the directors. They know the score, so the ball’s in their court.”

Blackwell’s situation was yesterday improved by the news that Leeds had granted an extension to the loan deals of midfield duo Dominic Poleon and Zac Thompson, both aged 19, who were due to return to Elland Road after last Saturday’s game but will now stay until January.

The Shakers boss has used the loan market to steer Bury away from relegation, but is concerned he is relying too heavily on youngsters, and wants to bring in more experienced players when the transfer window re-opens.

As well as Poleon and Thompson, Blackwell also handed 19-year-old Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell his league debut at centre-back on Saturday and played 18-year-old Leicester striker Tom Hopper on his own up front.

Wolves defender Matt Doherty, aged 20, is also a regular at right-back, while Blackwell was forced to leave out 22-year-old QPR striker Troy Hewitt on Saturday as he already had a maximum of five loan players in his squad.

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2:43pm Tue 20 Nov 12

andremesio says...

To make matters worse for Bury, Dominic Poleon has just been recalled by Leeds Utd and therefore will no longer feature as a Bury player... Maybe its time we look at if Ryan Lowe is still available for loan and get him back down to Gigg Lane? Surely Bury would make up Lowe's wages in the increase in the number of fans coming back to Gigg Lane to see Lowey and the shakers in action......
To make matters worse for Bury, Dominic Poleon has just been recalled by Leeds Utd and therefore will no longer feature as a Bury player... Maybe its time we look at if Ryan Lowe is still available for loan and get him back down to Gigg Lane? Surely Bury would make up Lowe's wages in the increase in the number of fans coming back to Gigg Lane to see Lowey and the shakers in action...... andremesio

3:56pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

So what begs the question is "WHY ON EARTH DID LEEDS UNITED GRANT AN EXTENSION FOR POLEON ONLY TO RECALL HIM 24 HOURS LATER"?.

Dream on Lowe is not coming back to Gigg Lane more chance of Arthur Lowe playing for us.

Well at least he now knows how many playerd he needs from November til January.

Locky will not be missed,Bishop is passed his best,Healy couldn't score in a B*****l.
So what begs the question is "WHY ON EARTH DID LEEDS UNITED GRANT AN EXTENSION FOR POLEON ONLY TO RECALL HIM 24 HOURS LATER"?. Dream on Lowe is not coming back to Gigg Lane more chance of Arthur Lowe playing for us. Well at least he now knows how many playerd he needs from November til January. Locky will not be missed,Bishop is passed his best,Healy couldn't score in a B*****l. Eileenshakers

8:07am Wed 21 Nov 12

shakencity says...

Extra Bury fans coming back just to see Ryan Lowe.....that's a joke right?

The longer we can keep hold of Hopper and Hewitt the better, i have a Mystic Meg feeling we'll do ok while these 2 are with us.

Agreed Eileen, it does seem a very strange decision to recall Poleon so soon after agreeing to extend his loan, surely Warnock knew he was short of midfielders 24hrs earlier. Ah well, moving on!!

"Healy aggravated a calf strain after scoring for N Ireland".......jeez, he only came on for the last 8 minutes.
Extra Bury fans coming back just to see Ryan Lowe.....that's a joke right? The longer we can keep hold of Hopper and Hewitt the better, i have a Mystic Meg feeling we'll do ok while these 2 are with us. Agreed Eileen, it does seem a very strange decision to recall Poleon so soon after agreeing to extend his loan, surely Warnock knew he was short of midfielders 24hrs earlier. Ah well, moving on!! "Healy aggravated a calf strain after scoring for N Ireland".......jeez, he only came on for the last 8 minutes. shakencity

1:28pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

Well it looks like Old Bluejean on the Scunny site got egg all over her face ha ha.

Great result for the lads we bossed the game from minute 1 til the final whistle.

Dare i say it the Scunniebunnies look like frightened Squirrels in the headlights.

A penny for the thoughts of one Alan Knill today,i wonder whom he was supporting last tonight.

I agree with ShakenCity we will be just fine with Hewitt & Hopper allow Healy to go out on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

Bring back one Shaun Harrad whether he likes it or not in January.

Poor old Scunny like us they have lost their goalscoring talisman in Clarkey.
Well it looks like Old Bluejean on the Scunny site got egg all over her face ha ha. Great result for the lads we bossed the game from minute 1 til the final whistle. Dare i say it the Scunniebunnies look like frightened Squirrels in the headlights. A penny for the thoughts of one Alan Knill today,i wonder whom he was supporting last tonight. I agree with ShakenCity we will be just fine with Hewitt & Hopper allow Healy to go out on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. Bring back one Shaun Harrad whether he likes it or not in January. Poor old Scunny like us they have lost their goalscoring talisman in Clarkey. Eileenshakers

2:21pm Wed 21 Nov 12

nomoresurfin says...

Congratulations to the lads on an excellent performance.Hewitt's performance up front with Hopper shows that he shouldn't have been the one sacrificed on saturday when we had to choose between six loan players.Eileen i'd be happy if we could offload Healy on loan but who is going to be interested in a player so fat and unfit that he needs a couple of weeks off after his eight minutes worth of exertion for Norn Iron?
Congratulations to the lads on an excellent performance.Hewitt's performance up front with Hopper shows that he shouldn't have been the one sacrificed on saturday when we had to choose between six loan players.Eileen i'd be happy if we could offload Healy on loan but who is going to be interested in a player so fat and unfit that he needs a couple of weeks off after his eight minutes worth of exertion for Norn Iron? nomoresurfin

3:36pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

Like i said previously on this site Healy nailed his colours to the mast when he chose to play for Northern Ireland ahead of some important club games for us.

We don't need players like that with an attitude of not putting his clubs interest first.

Although we were wasteful in front of goal we got the job done last night.

I would have been worried if we had suffered back to back defeats but there is a spirit about this group of players.

Even the much lamented Schuey is starting to play like we know he can with captain fantastic performances.

I see Southend United gave another devastating performance with 4-0 back to back away wins.

We need to put the Cherries to the sword which will give us belief that we can prevail in the cup encounter a week on saturday.
Like i said previously on this site Healy nailed his colours to the mast when he chose to play for Northern Ireland ahead of some important club games for us. We don't need players like that with an attitude of not putting his clubs interest first. Although we were wasteful in front of goal we got the job done last night. I would have been worried if we had suffered back to back defeats but there is a spirit about this group of players. Even the much lamented Schuey is starting to play like we know he can with captain fantastic performances. I see Southend United gave another devastating performance with 4-0 back to back away wins. We need to put the Cherries to the sword which will give us belief that we can prevail in the cup encounter a week on saturday. Eileenshakers

9:41pm Wed 21 Nov 12

nomoresurfin says...

It must be many years since Bury have fielded a younger side than those which started the last two matches.The average age is just 22 with the ages of tuesday's eleven as follows; Carson(24) Doherty(20)Ebanks-La
ndell(19)Hughes(25)S
karz(23)Worrell(22)S
chumacher(28)Thompso
n(19)Soares(26)Hoppe
r(18)&Hewitt(22).Sat
urday''s team was marginally younger with Poleon in place of Hewitt but I wonder if Tuesday's team was the youngest side we've ever fielded which has won a match.
It must be many years since Bury have fielded a younger side than those which started the last two matches.The average age is just 22 with the ages of tuesday's eleven as follows; Carson(24) Doherty(20)Ebanks-La ndell(19)Hughes(25)S karz(23)Worrell(22)S chumacher(28)Thompso n(19)Soares(26)Hoppe r(18)&Hewitt(22).Sat urday''s team was marginally younger with Poleon in place of Hewitt but I wonder if Tuesday's team was the youngest side we've ever fielded which has won a match. nomoresurfin

2:21pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

Interesting stats Suf but the only real stat that counts is that we put those scunniebunnies to the sword on Tuesday evening.

The lawman will have to have a complete rethink ha ha.

It's good that the gaffer is still bringing in new faces to keep those players in our wafer thin squad on their toes.

It all comes down to finances and the fairplay policy should be policed sensibly.

The likes of Swindon Town have flouted the rules to suit themselves.

Suddenly they can over turn the ban on signings even though they have overspent on their budget.
Interesting stats Suf but the only real stat that counts is that we put those scunniebunnies to the sword on Tuesday evening. The lawman will have to have a complete rethink ha ha. It's good that the gaffer is still bringing in new faces to keep those players in our wafer thin squad on their toes. It all comes down to finances and the fairplay policy should be policed sensibly. The likes of Swindon Town have flouted the rules to suit themselves. Suddenly they can over turn the ban on signings even though they have overspent on their budget. Eileenshakers

1:14am Fri 23 Nov 12

onchan says...

Cannt understand why we signed Healey seems to be permanately injuired and I think he has only scored twice since he has been at Bury. If the rumour is right about him being on 3 thousand a week its really riduculas. Would like 2 see Ryan Lowe return for a loan spell
Cannt understand why we signed Healey seems to be permanately injuired and I think he has only scored twice since he has been at Bury. If the rumour is right about him being on 3 thousand a week its really riduculas. Would like 2 see Ryan Lowe return for a loan spell onchan

8:21am Fri 23 Nov 12

shakencity says...

Unless Hewitt and Hopper are struggling, injured or mis-firing around Xmas, then Lowe isn't needed.
We've moved on since he was here and at the minute these 2 lads are doing well.....so there's no need for change.
Unless Hewitt and Hopper are struggling, injured or mis-firing around Xmas, then Lowe isn't needed. We've moved on since he was here and at the minute these 2 lads are doing well.....so there's no need for change. shakencity

2:44pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Eileenshakers says...

Well if we are paying the fat boy 3 grand a week then that particular director needs to step down who made that decision.

I would rather see young hungry talented lads given a chance ahead of a has been who needs to do the right thing by leaving our club without a contract dispute.

Once a con artist always a con artist in my book are those who perceive to be something that they aren't,not mentioning any names here but that is a fact.
Well if we are paying the fat boy 3 grand a week then that particular director needs to step down who made that decision. I would rather see young hungry talented lads given a chance ahead of a has been who needs to do the right thing by leaving our club without a contract dispute. Once a con artist always a con artist in my book are those who perceive to be something that they aren't,not mentioning any names here but that is a fact. Eileenshakers

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