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‘They’re all six-pointers’: Peter Shirtliff wants Bury to give everything ahead of mammoth end to season

By Oliver Rhodes

Bury assistant manager Peter Shirtliff wants the players to keep their foot on the gas, as they prepare to take on fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United.

The Shakers slipped to the bottom of the table following their miserable start to the month, while Iron sit just above the relegation zone.

Shirtliff insisted the players need to hit form as they gear up for vital ‘six-pointer’ clashes in the remaining League One fixtures.

“The players have shown over a period that they can do it on an occasion but not consistently enough,” Shirtliff told BBC Radio Manchester.

“With ten games to go we’ve got to show some consistency in our performances and be a threat to the opposition.

“They are all what you call six-pointers now aren’t they? To win the game we’ve got to perform for 90 minutes, not 45.”

Bury have no fresh injury concerns, but manager Kevin Blackwell will look to select the perfect strike-partnership after two games without a goal.

Andy Bishop, Nicky Ajose and David Healy are likely to be competing for a starting berth, but on-loan Peterborough United teenager Jonson Clarke-Harris is another option.

Bury beat Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park earlier in the season and will hope to complete the double at Gigg Lane.

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