New Bury boss Kevin Blackwell is hoping new loan signing Matt Doherty can inspire his defence when his side faces Swindon Town tomorrow.
The defender – signed for three months from Wolverhampton Wanderers – arrived this week and goes straight into the squad to face Paolo Di Canio’s side at Gigg Lane.
Blackwell wants the 20-year-old to add Championship experience to aid Bury’s leaky defence, having conceded 18 goals in nine games and currently sit at the foot of League One.
The former Sheffield United and Leeds United manager is confident improvements will be made after starting with a draw against Stevenage Borough.
“There’s plenty to build on,” Blackwell said after his first game in charge
“We have to start from somewhere and Saturday was a good start.”
Bury will have added options up front though with the recall of striker Andy Bishop from his loan spell at Wrexham, where he had scored two goals in four games.
The ex-York City player signed for Bury in 2006 and scored 65 goals for the club, before being loaned out to the Racecourse Ground at the end of August.
Eighth-placed Swindon are in red-hot scoring form and have racked up goals from all over the park, registering 4-0 and 3-1 victories in recent weeks.
The Robins have won their last two games away from home, with the Shakers still without a victory all season.