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JAMIE HOYLAND: Sinnott might be Shakers solution
11:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Shakers Updates
I HAVE to say, Kevin Blackwell’s comments about senior players holding up their hands and apologising for their performance against Dagenhamand Redbridge is a little worrying.
When Kevin was building his squad during the summer, he clearly highlighted a handful of experienced guys who he could fall back on to guide the younger players through difficult times.
These are the ones who he will have been relying on to hold the team together and bring them out the other side.
The admission – from both the players and the boss – that they haven’t been up to that task is a concern.
Now is the time they must stand up and be counted – starting with Newport County on Saturday.
Having been through bad spells many times before as a player, I know they will have been getting stick from the terraces, but that is part and parcel of the job.
The captain, Gareth Roberts, for example, has come in for a bit of criticism, but the difference between the senior players is that they will have experienced it before and will have worked out a way to rise above it.
So players like Gareth, Tommy Miller – who I know well – Tom Soares, Andy Procter and William Edjenguele must lead by example.
The problem they have got is that, no matter how the manager or anyone else will try to dress up their performances, you can’t pull the wool over the fans’ eyes.
They see every mistake and missed pass from the stands, sometimes more than the managers, who only see the match from pitch level.
So they can see full well where players are going right and wrong.
Tommy Miller is an interesting example.
When I knew him as a younger player, his strength was getting from box to box and scoring goals.
Now he is a bit older, he has been given a different role at Bury holding the midfield together.
The problem is that the fans have seen what a younger, more energetic player like Jordan Sinnott can offer. I saw Jordan put in a man-of-the-match performance against Cheltenham and I must say I was surprised he lost his starting place after that.
By all accounts he put in a lively cameo on Saturday and Kevin must now be seriously thinking of starting with him against Newport.
For my money, the manager has two choices – try to stop the rot and not lose the game, or risk going all out for the win.
Not winning for more than a month is a run they need to get out of before it becomes a habit, so I think it is time to gamble.
Maybe Jordan could be the right man at the right time for Bury.
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