Bury boss David Flitcroft aims for clean bill of health

Ryan Lowe competes for the ball against Blackburn Rovers

Ryan Lowe competes for the ball against Blackburn Rovers

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DAVID Flitcroft must have feared the worst as Blackburn defender Lee Williamson launched himself at Bury’s star summer signing Ryan Lowe midway through Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at the JD Stadium.

The 35-year-old striker was flattened by the waist high tackle and stayed down holding his side for a good few minutes after Williamson had left the pitch, after being shown a straight red card.

Thankfully, Lowe eventually made it to his feet and was able to complete the full 90 minutes of the friendly.

But with no strikers on the bench and only 36-year-old Clive Platt in reserve, Flitcroft is praying both Lowe and Wednesday night’s goalscorer Danny Nardiello make it through tomorrow’s final game of the pre-season campaign at home to Rochdale.

“All players want to play 90 minutes but it is important as a management team to get them through a pre-season,” he said after the final whistle.

“You want to see the blood on Lowey’s shorts - they have been mashed. The tackle was as high a tackle as I have ever seen in a game.

“While you want to build your pre-season so it is tough, you don’t want to get too many injuries.

“We are really light in terms of squad numbers and we have got to make sure that we get these players to the starting line against Cheltenham.”

With that in mind, Flitcroft may be forced to rest a few key players tomorrow.

Nardiello, who has scored five in his last three games, is struggling with a virus, while Lowe has figured in most of Bury’s major pre-season fixtures so could take a back seat against Keith Hill’s side.

And while the Shakers boss remains focused on getting his side into prime condition in time for the big kick-off against Cheltenham next Saturday, he admits there is still a lot of work to be done away from the training field.

“These games aren’t just about preparing the team for Cheltenham, they are about preparing a squad for 46 games,” he added, as he bids to add at least four fresh faces to a first-team squad of just 18 players.

“We are really light in numbers and while we are on the training ground we will obviously be searching and looking and trying to recruit players because recruitment will be a big part of this campaign.”

Former Tranmere midfielder Joe Thompson was given another 20 minutes against Blackburn to prove his fitness as he bids to earn a contract following his recovery from cancer.

And former Ipswich and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Devann Yao came on for the final 10 minutes after the trialist impressed during the club’s recent training camp in Tenerife.

But there was no sign of former Barnsley and Celtic winger Paddy McCourt, who also made the trip to Spain.

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10:14am Fri 1 Aug 14

ciderdan says...

No strikers on the bench. What has happened to the likes of Ant Dudley ?
No strikers on the bench. What has happened to the likes of Ant Dudley ? ciderdan
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11:46am Fri 1 Aug 14

tomroy says...

surely, its the managers responsibility, to ensure that we have a squad
strong enough to compete in this division,
its so obvious ,we still cover for the striker positions if we get any injuries
we will struggle.
surely, its the managers responsibility, to ensure that we have a squad strong enough to compete in this division, its so obvious ,we still cover for the striker positions if we get any injuries we will struggle. tomroy
  • Score: 1

5:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

easylife44 says...

Troublesome article with 8 days before the new season starts....
Troublesome article with 8 days before the new season starts.... easylife44
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11:26am Sun 3 Aug 14

Eileenshakers says...

You don't win football matches if you defend like a pub team.where's the leadership,communica
tion and players taking responsibility?.Yest
erday's game reminded me of how poor we were against Pompey on 26th April old habits returning to haunt us and on a new pitch,so no excuses get it sorted.i would have thought that all of those exhausting training programmes out in Tenerife would have made us fitter and not a 45 minute team which is what we were yesterday.Perhaps 2 games against stiffer opposition had taken it's toll on the players.The important thing is not to allow this disappointing second half performance to overshadow and undermine the brilliant efforts of the first half.Going forward we were awesome,most teams won't be able to live with us but we might have to score 4 goals to win a football match but then we also experienced that in our promotion campaign,good value for the neutrals but nerve racking for us Shaker's fans.
You don't win football matches if you defend like a pub team.where's the leadership,communica tion and players taking responsibility?.Yest erday's game reminded me of how poor we were against Pompey on 26th April old habits returning to haunt us and on a new pitch,so no excuses get it sorted.i would have thought that all of those exhausting training programmes out in Tenerife would have made us fitter and not a 45 minute team which is what we were yesterday.Perhaps 2 games against stiffer opposition had taken it's toll on the players.The important thing is not to allow this disappointing second half performance to overshadow and undermine the brilliant efforts of the first half.Going forward we were awesome,most teams won't be able to live with us but we might have to score 4 goals to win a football match but then we also experienced that in our promotion campaign,good value for the neutrals but nerve racking for us Shaker's fans. Eileenshakers
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