Caretaker Bury boss Peter Shirtliff hopes to strengthen permanent job claim with win at Tranmere Rovers

By Alex Bysouth

Bury travel to play Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park tonight in a bid to record their first league win this season.

A poor start to the season has seen them only pick up three points in six League One games, managing only three draws.

However, Saturday’s draw at Brammall Lane against promotion chasing Sheffield United has provided Peter Shirtliff with lots of positives.

The caretaker manager has staked his claim for the job on a permanent basis and wants his team to use Saturday’s performance as a springboard to get their season started.

“I want the job but it’s not easy for the board of directors to give me a job when I’ve got three points,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“The players have done me proud. I can’t be disappointed with a point at Sheffield United.

“I think performances on the pitch have been of a good standard, we haven’t got the rub of the green but that will change.”

Teenager Tom Hopper, on loan from Leicester City, will be hoping to keep his place in attack – the teenage loanee impressed on his debut at the weekend.

Bury also hope David Healy and Efe Sodje recover in time for Tuesday’s trip.

The Superwhites pose another tough test, currently sitting top of the League One pack and are in fine form after beating relegated Coventry City two nil on Saturday.

Shirtliff knows it will be tough at Prenton Park after once being part of the coaching team under Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore’s previous spell.

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