‘We’ve got to keep believing’: Bury boss Kevin Blackwell optimistic ahead of Easter Monday Leyton Orient trip

By Mark Shales

Belief is key for Bury FC ahead of their Easter Monday trip to Leyton Orient, according to manager Kevin Blackwell.

The Shakers have only won twice on the road since November but a win could see them rise to three points from safety, with only five games remaining.

A Kevin Lisbie double sunk Bury when the two sides last met and Blackwell is now more than wary of the attacking threat posed by the O’s.

“We’ve just to keep believing and working and who knows what the next game will bring,” he told his club’s website.

“They’re a good side – they’ve got firepower and any one of four strikers who would get in most teams.

“They’ve been very good this season at home so we know it’s going to be a tough game but once again we’ve got to work hard and be competitive.”

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Trevor Carson could return to the starting line-up after Bury’s number one was rested in Good Friday’s 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra.

The Shakers will again be missing Craig Jones, Phil Picken and Adam Lockwood – the trio among a number of players ruled out for the reminder of the season through injury.

Bury could only field five substitutes on their trip to the Alexandra Stadium but despite the situation Blackwell admitted there are some positives to be taken. 

“It’s been a tough season for everybody,” he added.

“When they see some of the players leave it is a blow to them as well as everyone else but I’ve said to them ‘look, that’s life.’

“One door shuts for someone but another opens for someone else, and that person has got to grab that opportunity.

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