‘We’re a top-ten team’: Bury boss Kevin Blackwell believes the Shakers could be so much better

By Mark Shales

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell insists his side could be a top-ten team, despite currently being rooted to the foot of League One.

The Shakers welcome Stevenage to Gigg Lane tonight on the back of four straight defeats, having only scored once in their last four home games.

Bury sit eight points from safety with nine games remaining and Blackwell maintained things would not change while his side remain under transfer embargo.   

“Some of the stuff we’ve played this season has been outstanding and I’ve always felt that we’re a top-ten team,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“But you need that bit of quality in certain areas to make sure you can do that.

“I know what the problem is but when you’re embargoed you can’t change things.”

Veteran defender Efe Sodje could make his first appearance since January for Bury after returning from a month-long loan spell at Conference side AFC Barrow.

The 40-year-old former Nigerian international has made 16 appearances for the Shakers this season, picking up two dismissals and six cautions.

Stevenage put four past promotion-chasing Sheffield United last weekend but have lost eight of their last ten games.

An 85th minute equaliser from Mark Cullen rescued a point when the sides met at Broadhall Way in September – Blackwell’s first game in charge.

Shouts of ‘Blackwell out’ echoed round Gigg Lane during the weekend’s 2-1 defeat to ten-man Colchester United, but the Bury boss insists he is doing all he can.

“You have to work with what you’ve got and keep making the players believe,” added Blackwell.

“That’s the situation, and when it’s not of your making, it becomes frustrating when people start criticising you. I find it a bit out of order.”

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