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‘We’re on a decent run’: Bury boss Kevin Blackwell wants Shakers to keep up good league form

By Suraj Radia

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell praised his side after their good run of form in recent months ahead of this weekend’s game against Leyton Orient.

With only goal difference keeping them in the League One drop zone, the Shakers host a Leyton Orient on a run of seven straight victories.

Blackwell has overseen a run of just one defeat in nine games and feels his side have improved since he was appointed in September.

“Including Leyton Orient, the last three or four teams we have played have been in good form but we’re on a decent run ourselves,” he said.

“We had only created eight chances in the first six games and now we’re having ten, 15, 20 every game. I’m not interested in tables or where we are, I just want to make sure we keep getting results.

“The frustrating thing is that we’ve given teams a 14 game head start but we’re in a great position to go in the middle of the pack so what a turnaround that has been.

“I’ve been really pleased at how the players have bought into what I want to do and how hard they have been working in training with the intensity and that’s shown in the results.

“They will believe that they can score and will want to keep their run going but Bournemouth and Southend were the same so we need to get a result.”

Former Leeds United left-back Ben Parker signed for the Shakers on non-contract terms earlier this week and goes straight into their squad for the visit of the O’s.

Blackwell’s men have had more time than expected to prepare for the game after their midweek Football League Trophy tie against Preston North End was called off.

Skipper Steven Schumacher and strikers David Healy and Andy Bishop all returned to training this week and could play some part in Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, the victors of Bury’s FA Cup second round replay against Southend will face Brentford after their opponents Bradford City were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player.

Picture courtesy of Bury FC, with thanks

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