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MATCHDAY: Bury 0 Tranmere 1
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F/T: Bury 0 Tranmere 1
85 - SUBS - Joe Thompson on for Andy Robinson
84 - David Healy on for David Worrall, Craig Jones on for Gregg Wylde.
77 - SUB - Cole Stockton on for Adam McGurk
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.
72 - McGurk fires as free-kick just wide after a great save from Carson.
65 – A deflected shot from Luke Palmer loops on to the top of the Bury net.
61 - Carson dives full length to tip away a curling shot from Adam McGurk.
59 - SUB - Sebastian Carole on for Tom Soares
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.
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.
K/O: Tranmere get the second half underway, with both sides unchanged...
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.
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.
45 - Fantastic diving save from Carson to his left denies Andy Robinson from the spot.
44 - Penalty for Tranmere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 - Hopper heads a deep Worral cross from the right back across goal, narrowly wide.
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.
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.
5 - Andy Robinson's curled right-footed shot is deflected wide for a corner, which Bury eventually clear.
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.
K/O: Bury get the match underway...
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.
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.
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.
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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