MATCHDAY: Bury 0 Tranmere 1

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4:56pm

F/T: Bury 0 Tranmere 1

4:47pm

85 - SUBS - Joe Thompson on for Andy Robinson 

4:44pm

84 - David Healy on for David Worrall, Craig Jones on for Gregg Wylde.

4:38pm

77 - SUB - Cole Stockton on for Adam McGurk

4:37pm

76 - Steven Schumacher fires a snap-shot straight at Fon Williams in the Tranmere goal after a free-kick from inside the Bury half fell kindly to the captain in the box.

4:32pm

72 - McGurk fires as free-kick just wide after a great save from Carson. 

4:25pm

65 – A deflected shot from Luke Palmer loops on to the top of the Bury net.

4:22pm

61 - Carson dives full length to tip away a curling shot from Adam McGurk.

4:20pm

59 - SUB - Sebastian Carole on for Tom Soares

4:17pm

56 - GOAL - Bury 0 Tranmere 1 - After hitting the post from almost exactly the same position inside the Bury box, Andy Robinson makes no mistake this time. The Tranmere captain cut in from the left to within the corner of the six-yard box before firing right-footed through a crowd of bodies and past Carson in the Bury goal.

4:15pm

54 - Tranmere go close to opening the scoring, Robinson planting a shot agtainst the post from inside the Bury box before firing the rebound just over.

4:05pm

K/O: Tranmere get the second half underway, with both sides unchanged...

3:50pm

47 - BOOKED - David Worrall is shown yellow for a foul on Andy Robinson.

H/T: Bury 0 Tranmere 0

The referee is roundly booed as he leaves the pitch, but the Bury players get a much more friendly reception. A good effort from the lads, who deserved their bit of luck at the end.

3:49pm

The penalty award came out of the blue, with both sets of players assuming that referee Nigel Miller had blown up for a foul on Tom Soares in the box following a cross from the left. It took an age to dawn on everybody that he had actually pointed to the spot, with Soares the aggressor.

3:46pm

45 - Fantastic diving save from Carson to his left denies Andy Robinson from the spot.

3:45pm

44 - Penalty for Tranmere.

3:40pm

39 – Wylde is getting closer, using a nice bit of trickery on the right to come inside a launch a left-footed shot that is curling towards goal but drifts just wide.

3:38pm

36 - Carson gets down well to smother a near post shot from O'Halloran after a good Tranmere move down the left leaves rookie full-back Jones for dead.

3:35pm

33 - Bury stand up well to the first bit of concerted pressure from Tranmere, throwing bodies on the line to block a series of shots in the penalty area.

3:34pm

31 - High wide and not very handsome from Tom Soares, who was set up by a commanding clearing header from Matt Doherty. The Wolves full-back has slotted well into the centre of defence. 

3:30pm

Kevin Blackwell has told Andrai Jones in no uncertain terms to clear loose balls into touch rather than attempt dodgy pass-backs after a few nervy moments.

Good advice...

3:23pm

21 - Worrall, who is at the hub of everything for Bury, takes a hit in his back as he challenges Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams for a high ball. But the Shakers midfielder seems ok.

3:21pm

20 - Hopper heads a deep Worral cross from the right back across goal, narrowly wide.

3:18pm

15 - Hopper just fails to get his toe round a low Wylde centre at the near post after Bury launch a flowing counter attack from a Tranmere corner.

15 - Michael O'Halloran almost catches Bury keeper Trevor Carson out at the other end, tempting him to come off his line before fluffing an attempted lob from wide on the right.

3:09pm

8 - Bury break with Hopper, who tees up Gregg Wylde and his left-footed 30-yard shot loops up off a Tranmere defender and behind for a corner, which is again cleared.

3:06pm

5 - Andy Robinson's curled right-footed shot is deflected wide for a corner, which Bury eventually clear.

3:03pm

1 - Great little ball from David Worrall - sitting in the hole - to release Tom Hopper, who is tackled as he ran into the box. The ball ran out for a corner, which was cleared.

3:01pm

K/O: Bury get the match underway...

2:47pm

The mystery over Hughes is solved - his yellow card on Saturday was actually his fourth, meaning he is not suspended. The fact he drops to the bench means he is either nursing an injury, has picked up the sickness bug that is going through the team or has simply been dropped.

One other possibility is that Blackwell has agreed to play Ebanks-Landell if he is fit as part of his loan agreement with parent club Wolves, although that seems unlikely.

The other mystery to be cleared up - it looks like Doherty is going to start in the centre of a four-man defence alongside Ebanks-Landell, with Andrai Jones on the right.

At least that's how they lined up during a pre-match heading session with assistant coach Peter Shirtliff.

2:37pm

Team news 2

As expected, Efe Sodje misses out after a fifth yellow card of the season at Carlisle on Saturday triggered a one-match suspension.

Intriguingly, Mark Hughes, who also picked up a booking at the weekend, which Kevin Blackwell said after the game was his fifth, has been named on the subs bench. That means either Blackwell was mistaken, or they have made a mistake on the team sheet.

Anyway, loan defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell has been brought back to the starting line-up, despite the Bury manager saying he would play no part in the festive programme due to an ankle injury.

There is also a rare start for Andrai Jones, who will either play as a make-shift centre-back or play on the right, with regular right-back Matt Doherty moving into the centre in what will probably be his last game for Bury before he returns to Wolves at the end of his loan deal.

Further forward, fellow loan player Troy Hewitt misses out on what would also possibly have been his last game at Gigg Lane. The 22-year-old striker started at Carlisle but has been dropped, with Blackwell unable to name more than five loan players in his squad.

Tom Soares returns in his place, with Blackwell more than likely starting with a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Chances are David Worrall will start in a central attacking midfield role, with Soares and Gregg Wylde on the flanks.

 

 

2:21pm

Full line-ups

BURY: Carson; A Jones, Doherty, Ebanks-Landell, Skarz; Thompson, Schumacher; Wylde, Worrall, Soares; Hopper.
Subs: Sweeney, C Jones, Hughes, Dibble, Healy, Carole.

TRANMERE: Fon Williams; Holmes, Taylor, Daniels, Bakayogo; McGurk, Palmer, Power, Robinson; Cassidy, O'Halloran.
Subs: Black, Goodison, J Thompson, Harrison, Stockton, Kay, Mooney.

2:16pm

Team news 1

Still waiting for the team sheets at Gigg Lane, but one thing is for sure that summer signing Lateef Elford-Alliyu won't be making a surprise return to the squad.

The former West Brom striker, who has only featured six times all season, has been signed by previous Shakers boss Richie Barker at Crawley Town.

While Marcus Marshall, another one of Barker's summer signings, has extended his loan at Grimsby Town until the end of the season.

 

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7:53pm Tue 1 Jan 13

nomoresurfin says...

The mystery about why Hughes was on the bench when he wasn't suspended is quite simply explained,Blackwell is an idiot.For the visit of the league leaders when one of your two available, experienced centre backs is suspended ,what manager in his right mind would leave the other one out? Doherty played well at centre back as we knew he would,he's a quality player, but equally Jones was hopeless at right back,again not unexpectedly as he was facing the best left sided midfielder in the division with only the bone idle Wylde for defensive cover.Ten games without a win is longer even than the hapless Shirtliff was given and it's clear now that Blackwell is just a wannabe Warnock mini me with few contacts in the game other than Warnock himself.He's also tactically illiterate,left wingers on the right,right wingers on the left which leads to a chronic lack of width.His negativity is astonishing,eleven men pulled back at defensive corners leads to no escape. How much time is spent working on dead ball situations? the corners taken by Wylde would have been an embarrassment at kindergarden level.Only three players on the field today looked up to the required standard,Doherty who is returning to Wolves(or going to Ipswich) has been magnificent,Worrall who we are expecting to offload at any minute has been shunted about the field to accomodate the likes of Wylde and Thompson,and Schumacher has led by example and looked the only goal threat for the last two months.The rest are not remotely good enough at this level for which we should blame a clueless board and three equally gormless managers in Barker ,Shirtliff and Blackwell.Next season looks like it will be a struggle to merely retain our league status which given the relative strength of the club's position whe Alan Knill walked out on us is nothing short of disgraceful.incident
ally as badly as the club is run on the footballing side,on the commercial side it has been a laughing stock since the appointment of Peter Young.
The mystery about why Hughes was on the bench when he wasn't suspended is quite simply explained,Blackwell is an idiot.For the visit of the league leaders when one of your two available, experienced centre backs is suspended ,what manager in his right mind would leave the other one out? Doherty played well at centre back as we knew he would,he's a quality player, but equally Jones was hopeless at right back,again not unexpectedly as he was facing the best left sided midfielder in the division with only the bone idle Wylde for defensive cover.Ten games without a win is longer even than the hapless Shirtliff was given and it's clear now that Blackwell is just a wannabe Warnock mini me with few contacts in the game other than Warnock himself.He's also tactically illiterate,left wingers on the right,right wingers on the left which leads to a chronic lack of width.His negativity is astonishing,eleven men pulled back at defensive corners leads to no escape. How much time is spent working on dead ball situations? the corners taken by Wylde would have been an embarrassment at kindergarden level.Only three players on the field today looked up to the required standard,Doherty who is returning to Wolves(or going to Ipswich) has been magnificent,Worrall who we are expecting to offload at any minute has been shunted about the field to accomodate the likes of Wylde and Thompson,and Schumacher has led by example and looked the only goal threat for the last two months.The rest are not remotely good enough at this level for which we should blame a clueless board and three equally gormless managers in Barker ,Shirtliff and Blackwell.Next season looks like it will be a struggle to merely retain our league status which given the relative strength of the club's position whe Alan Knill walked out on us is nothing short of disgraceful.incident ally as badly as the club is run on the footballing side,on the commercial side it has been a laughing stock since the appointment of Peter Young. nomoresurfin

8:34am Wed 2 Jan 13

Ivy Kelly says...

January is a crucial month for the Shakers- getting the embargo lifted , new players so what does the Chairman do? He goes on holiday just like he did in September and delayed the appointment of a new Manager and left the hapless Shirty in charge a while longer. The club has amateurish written all the way through it
January is a crucial month for the Shakers- getting the embargo lifted , new players so what does the Chairman do? He goes on holiday just like he did in September and delayed the appointment of a new Manager and left the hapless Shirty in charge a while longer. The club has amateurish written all the way through it Ivy Kelly

2:00pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

Ivy our board of directors and chairman would gladly walk away from their committments.

Unfortunately nobody in the right mind would invest in a club with dwindling support,a clapped out football stadium and a manager that has been proved inept in his 3 months at the helm.

We will no doubt join the likes of Chester & Stockport in the 5th tier of English football before too long.

You reap what you sow in life and the seeds of disaster are now growing.

It's time to swallow our pride and ask Allan Knill to take this club forward.

I know i wasn't his greatest fan when he walked out on us.

However the 3 managers who have taken over from when he left have been a disaster for our club.

Perhaps Keith Hill could take the assistant manager's role when Shirty takes the Barnsley fc job,fingers crossed.

I know the thought of an ex fail manager and Bolton connections might be hard to swallow for our 2500 fans.
Ivy our board of directors and chairman would gladly walk away from their committments. Unfortunately nobody in the right mind would invest in a club with dwindling support,a clapped out football stadium and a manager that has been proved inept in his 3 months at the helm. We will no doubt join the likes of Chester & Stockport in the 5th tier of English football before too long. You reap what you sow in life and the seeds of disaster are now growing. It's time to swallow our pride and ask Allan Knill to take this club forward. I know i wasn't his greatest fan when he walked out on us. However the 3 managers who have taken over from when he left have been a disaster for our club. Perhaps Keith Hill could take the assistant manager's role when Shirty takes the Barnsley fc job,fingers crossed. I know the thought of an ex fail manager and Bolton connections might be hard to swallow for our 2500 fans. Eileenshakers

7:33pm Wed 2 Jan 13

pdgreenwood says...

I was over from Geneva to see my first live match at Gigg lane this season. A couple of thoughts : do the players watch champions league or premier league matches? If so, have they noticed that few successful sides play "head tennis" with the ball bobbing aimlessly around until an opposing player controls it and play goes on. Similarly the "kick & run " tactic is rarely used as the main one in top flight matches. The "run around the park after the ball like a bunch of schoolboys" is not a good plan either.Of course you could question the players' talents. If you get rid of the ball as though it was a hot potato, firing passes at head height or at best chest height then you can hardly expect flowing football. Chairman? Manager? Players? I reckon the players could help out a bit more - Sodje spent his time playing with his mobile phone whilst his team mates "battled" on. Soares seemed to take interest in the game, which I appreciated. Some of the others should decide if swanning around with a WAG & a 4x4 is more interesting than actually putting in the effort & closing opponents down in numbers & not just just hoofing it to another part of the pitch & thus pushing the problem into someone else's back yard. Over & out. I'll still spend miserable saturday afternoons in front of football focus, hoping against hope...Good luck to all in 2013. We'll need it.
I was over from Geneva to see my first live match at Gigg lane this season. A couple of thoughts : do the players watch champions league or premier league matches? If so, have they noticed that few successful sides play "head tennis" with the ball bobbing aimlessly around until an opposing player controls it and play goes on. Similarly the "kick & run " tactic is rarely used as the main one in top flight matches. The "run around the park after the ball like a bunch of schoolboys" is not a good plan either.Of course you could question the players' talents. If you get rid of the ball as though it was a hot potato, firing passes at head height or at best chest height then you can hardly expect flowing football. Chairman? Manager? Players? I reckon the players could help out a bit more - Sodje spent his time playing with his mobile phone whilst his team mates "battled" on. Soares seemed to take interest in the game, which I appreciated. Some of the others should decide if swanning around with a WAG & a 4x4 is more interesting than actually putting in the effort & closing opponents down in numbers & not just just hoofing it to another part of the pitch & thus pushing the problem into someone else's back yard. Over & out. I'll still spend miserable saturday afternoons in front of football focus, hoping against hope...Good luck to all in 2013. We'll need it. pdgreenwood

2:41pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Eileenshakers says...

Well PG i was just returning from a family holiday at my sister's in Luzern so i missed this game.

Doesn't the chairman always decide to go away when we need decisive leadership and positive comments coming out of Gigg lane?.

It appears that most of our squad have lost interest in our cause to stay up.

Heaven help us if the manager feels the same way.

I was right in my view that KB was completely kept in the dark with regard to our financial position.

No surprise there then,he will need to wheel and deal if we are to have any chance of rescuing this desperate situation.

We will have to do it with an inferior team that got us here in the first place.

Why hasn't Shaun Harrad been recalled?.oh yes the player doesn't want to come back after the shoddy way he was treated by our last boss.

So no strikers equals no goals with a dodgy defence (abientot a ligue 1.)
Well PG i was just returning from a family holiday at my sister's in Luzern so i missed this game. Doesn't the chairman always decide to go away when we need decisive leadership and positive comments coming out of Gigg lane?. It appears that most of our squad have lost interest in our cause to stay up. Heaven help us if the manager feels the same way. I was right in my view that KB was completely kept in the dark with regard to our financial position. No surprise there then,he will need to wheel and deal if we are to have any chance of rescuing this desperate situation. We will have to do it with an inferior team that got us here in the first place. Why hasn't Shaun Harrad been recalled?.oh yes the player doesn't want to come back after the shoddy way he was treated by our last boss. So no strikers equals no goals with a dodgy defence (abientot a ligue 1.) Eileenshakers

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