We talk to Bury fan page Bury Me In Exile (https://burymeinexile.com) ahead of tomorrow’s League One clash away at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.
What do you make of your team’s transfers in the summer window?
“In principle, I was in favour of the vast majority of them. Supporters were excited to see some of the names coming in (putting aside how they were funded for a moment). There were still one or two areas that needed improving even after the deluge of incomings (a left-sided centre-back and another box-to-box midfielder) but they weren’t addressed. They have come back to haunt Bury in a big way but the problems now seem much larger. Jermaine Beckford aside, no-one who arrived in the summer window has impressed consistently.”
What do you think of Blackburn Rovers’ summer deals?
“I was really impressed. It was obvious where the relative failings were last season – a lack of goals and creativity from central midfield areas put paid to their survival hopes despite the best efforts of Tony Mowbray. Bradley Dack didn’t have the best campaign with Gillingham in 2016/2017 but everyone who follows League One keenly knows just how talented he is and he looks to have found his niche at Ewood Park. When you add into the mix Richard Smallwood and Peter Whittingham as well, as a trio, it probably represents the best in the third tier on paper.”
Who is your team’s player to watch and why?
“That’s a tough question to answer at the moment and for all the wrong reasons. Beckford is unlikely to be fit for Saturday, otherwise, it would have been him. In his absence, Jay O’Shea is the next best bet. He is currently deployed behind the two strikers and on his day, he can be a threat to any side as he has quick feet, is almost as adept with his left as he is with his favoured right and like Dack, has a knack of making timely late runs into the box to score as he demonstrated for both Chesterfield and Sheffield United last season.”
How have the first three months of your season gone?
“It’s hard to think how they could’ve gone much worse than the reality. Bottom of the league despite the stated aim being to reach the play-offs, out of both major cup competitions at the first stage yet again, a sizeable injury list and still managerless to boot. Despite the talent fit for selection, most of them are performing way under par.”
How do you see your season going?
“I still maintain Bury will escape the bottom four but the club is in need of a firm hand in charge, regardless of their previous levels of experience. They then need to find a system (or two) and stick to them with fewer wholesale changes game on game. Either way, the next appointment is crucial and last night’s embarrassing FA Cup exit to Woking only expedites matters.”
What should we expect to see from Bury?
“Depends on which team turn up. Will it be the one that struggles to score goals in Beckford’s absence and is much too easy to play through, around and in behind in a system (5-3-2/3-5-2 depending on your point of view) that doesn’t suit the current crop? Or will it be the one that played with a swagger against much-fancied Oxford United and Bradford City? I hope to witness at least no shortage of fight and effort!”
How do you think the game will go?
“A comfortable victory for Blackburn, especially if they score first. Defending from set pieces has been frankly woeful all season long. There are players in the away side who can definitely capitalise on that weakness. Conceding late goals has also been a big bone of contention in recent weeks, so even if matters are all-square with 10 minutes remaining, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for a point.”
What score do you think it’ll be and who will score?
“3-1 to the visitors; Nicky Ajose for Bury; Joe Nuttall, Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack for Rovers.”
Thanks to Bury Me In Exile for taking time out to do this interview with us. You can find Bury Me In Exile on Twitter at @burymeinexile and at burymeinexile.com.
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