QUICK fixes are hard to come by in football, but Bury must find one soon to end their travel sickness and avoid slipping any further down the League One table.

Saturday's hosts Fleetwood Town will be fully aware of the Shakers poor recent record away from home after they slipped to their sixth straight defeat on the road in the league at Port Vale on Monday.

But with a new year comes a new perspective and fresh optimism.

Bury are still 12th in the table, four points off the play-offs having played a game less than many of their promotion rivals.

Manager David Flitcroft has underlined the increasing significance of breaking their terrible away run, while outlining the constant progress his side is making.

“We want to go and try and win it (at Fleetwood)," he said after the 1-0 defeat at Vale Park.

"It's certainly a game now that adds a significance because every game does.

“Nothing has petered out. I don't do petering out.

"My chairman doesn't do petering out. We have had a few challenges and that's up to us now to find that solution to those challenges.

“Petered out with 33 points, we are at the halfway stage, throughout my management career from January onwards I have always driven a team to achieve great things.

“Nothing has petered out at this club, we are still progressing.

“We will get this right. It has made me really determined as I always am to find a way and find a solution because it has become a challenge now.

“That's something I’m looking forward to to make sure that we come up with the right answers and if those right answers are in the transfer window then we can look to that.”

Flitcroft has ruled out any chance of Tom Soares and Andrew Tutte making a return from injury for the Fleetwood game, making it likely that Danny Pugh will partner Kelvin Etuhu in the centre of midfield.

Experienced first-teamers Chris Eagles, Jacob Mellis and Daniel Nardiello also remain doubtful after missing the Port Vale game.

“Soares has got a three-week injury,” said Flitcroft. “His groin has been pulled, the Southend game he had just overstretched on his groin.

"We thought we had got over that problem. He had put himself on offer to play against Southend and he's paid the price for it.

“Soares is a big miss for this football team with his energy and quality in midfield, but other teams have got injuries and it's the way it is, you have got to deal with that.

“He (Tutte) will probably train with us the back end of next week.

"He has been training with Kiddo (youth team coach Ryan Kidd).

"The intensity is not as much as what it is with us.

"It was an horrific injury, the hamstring came off the bone so it's a real tough injury that the kid has had, so I'm not going to rush Tutte back.

“He has been a miss away from home. I think the energy he gives you and the goal-threat and the shot-threat.

"Tutte has got the industry and the energy and probably covers more miles than any one else on the pitch, so he has been a big miss.”

With the lack of options available Flitcroft has been forced to look at the youth squad to fill the void.

Youth-team striker George Miller, aged 17, was on the bench for the first time on Monday, alongside Scott Burgess and Anthony Dudley, who were promoted from the Under-18s in the summer.

But the boss is unsure if his younger players are ready to make that step up to regular first-team football.

“I don't know if my kids are ready yet,” he said. “I want them to be ready to challenge in a League One team but they are probably not yet.

“It wants a bit of time for this team to really grow and become better and develop. I want to see that from them.

“I have got to be careful not to throw too many kids into it and it not be right for their experience.”