Momentum key to Bury’s renewed promotion charge, says Flitcroft

Bury manager David Flitcroft says maintaining his side’s assault on the automatic promotion places is the target as they welcome Oxford United on Saturday.

The Shakers have rediscovered their early season form, when they went on an eight match unbeaten run, by winning their last four games.

Flitcroft says his team have worked hard to regain that level of performance and must not let their form dip as the promotion race intensifies. 

“You have to earn momentum it does not just happen overnight – but now we’ve built it and we certainly want to keep it going,” he said.

“We’re going to trust the players, you hope the stadium is going to trust the players and from the start of the season I’m going to look for people getting carried away.

“Players thinking we should have won every game and just rocking up in a League Two game thinking you can win it – it proved you can’t.”

During their slump in form Bury suffered a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at the Kassam Stadium but face an Oxford side mired in a relegation battle.

Joe Riley, who had a loan spell at United this season, has established himself in the Bury back four after suffering an injury following his January arrival.

Riley is now the first choice right-back, in a defence that has conceded only once in the last five games, and said he earmarked this fixture when he signed.

“I’m really looking forward to the game; it was the first one I looked for when I came here,” he said.

“When I was at Oxford, Bury were the team we were looking at thinking they have a very strong squad and now I’ve seen that day in, day out. 

“It’s been really easy to settle in to be honest, the lads have made me feel really welcome and I think that’s showing in my performances.”

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