Rochdale’s Jason Kennedy relishing derby cup tie against rivals Bury after late weekend winner lifts Blues

By Aimee Howarth

Rochdale’s Jason Kennedy is looking forward to his side’s derby against Bury in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight.

The midfielder, who scored the winner in Dale’s 3-2 victory at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, admitted he enjoys facing their local rivals.

John Coleman’s League Two men go into the game on a six-game unbeaten run while Bury sit bottom of League One having claimed four points from ten games so far this season.

“I’ve played in a few (local derbies) already and it is always enjoyable to come up against Bury, especially in the cup,” Kennedy told the club’s website ahead of the tie at Spotland.

“The chance of getting to a final and winning some silverware for the club is a great something to aim for.

“We obviously want to do well in every game that we play, you don’t go into any game wanting to get beat so we will look to do well in this competition also.”

Rochdale assistant manager Jimmy Bell insisted the side will do their best to beat their rivals, who they defeated 3-0 in their last encounter in January.

Bell said: “There’s a lot of rivalry between Rochdale and Bury and we are obviously sick that we are not playing in the same league as them this year.

“We really look forward to these types of games and it is a good time for us to be playing them and we hope that we can carry on our winning form.

He continued: “It is a game we think we can win, it is a competition that we want to have a good run in and trophy we want to win, that is our aim.

“We’ve got a good squad and people do need games but we’re going to approach this in a professional manner.

“There might be one or two changes here and there, but there might have been those changes anyway. We’re going out to win this game.”

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