Rovers face Bury in the second round of fixtures in the Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage, and will be looking to make it 6 points out of 6.
Rovers will look to make a large step in getting out of Checkatrade Trophy Group C with a victory over Bury on Tuesday night.
After picking up two straight home wins, 2-0 and 1-0 to Rotherham and Gillingham respectively, Mowbray’s men will be looking to progress in this tournament – with Mowbray expressing his interest in making it all the way to Wembley.
Like the last game in this tournament against Stoke City U21s, Mowbray may call on his younger players to feature in this game for Rovers. The Stoke game saw Rovers start players from the youth set-up such as Lewis Travis, Jack Doyle, Andy Fisher, Matty Platt and Willem Tomlinson. Joe Nuttall came off the bench to score the only goal of the game and give Rovers the win.
Ryan Nyambe also featured meaning, after Derrick Williams came off, the back four and the goalkeeper all came through the youth set-up.
Before the Rotherham game, the news came out that 4 players had returned to training. Ben Gladwin, Scott Wharton, Craig Conway & Rekeem Harper all came back, with Gladwin featuring for 5 minutes or so on Saturday. All 4 of these players could be given game time in the Checkatrade Trophy to help aid their return from fitness.
The visitors are free from suspensions and major injuries, and therefore are likely to have the full complement of their squad to choose from. Bury manager Lee Clark may also, like Mowbray, hand a start to some of his youth players.
The Checkatrade results from the previous games are a complete contrast. Whilst Rovers picked up a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke Under 21’s courtesy of a Joe Nuttall goal just over 10 minutes from the end, Bury suffered a massive defeat.
The Shakers faced fellow League 1 side Rochdale, and were on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing at Gigg Lane. A goal from Joe Bunney and Ian Henderson, either side of a brace from Brad Inman meant the home side were embarrassed.
In League One, Rovers currently sit 6th after beating Gillingham 1-0 at Ewood Park on Saturday. Bury sit 20th in the league, with 2 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses. Their most recent result was a 2-0 loss to MK Dons on Saturday, who Rovers turned over in August with a 4-1 victory.
Previous meetings with Bury
Last meeting: Friendly (three-team tournament at Morecambe’s Globe Arena – 3 games of 60 minutes.), Bury 0-1 Rovers. Danny Graham scored a header after 6 minutes, which proved to be the goal which won the game for Rovers.
Last league meeting: League Division Three, 3rd May 1980. Rovers 1-2 Bury – Simon Garner grabbed Rovers’ goal that day.
Last cup meeting: League Cup, 14th August 1979. Rovers 3-2 Bury
Rovers 3-1 Bury
Rovers scorers: Nuttall, Graham, Whittingham
Bury scorers: Bunn
Come on you Blues!