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Kevin Blackwell adamant recent recruitments ‘will be the difference’ in Bury’s season

By Suraj Radia

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell believes his recent recruitments will strengthen his side and lead them to their first league victory against Hartlepool.

The Shakers host Hartlepool tomorrow knowing that victory will take them off the bottom of the table at the visitors’ expense.

Blackwell has been vocal in his disappointment at not having the ability to change things from the bench and feels it has been detrimental to results.

Blackwell told BBC Radio Manchester: “We’ve brought four or five players in now and it’s made a difference.

“There’s no doubt the club was struggling with the numbers we had. The bench was weak and we couldn’t change it from there.”

Blackwell, who praised his side’s performance on the weekend, added he wanted the same kind of effort from his players in the crunch game at Gigg Lane.

He said: “Tuesday is another opportunity for us to get more points and if they give me what they gave me at Yeovil on Saturday, I’ll be happy.

“The fans are seeing a set of players who want to play and are giving everything.”

Bury will have ex-Harrow Borough striker Troy Hewitt available to them after the 22-year-old signed a one-month loan deal on Monday.

However, Leeds loanee Zac Thompson appears to have played his last game for the club after being sent off against Yeovil.

The subsequent three-match ban will see him suspended for the remaining games of his loan deal and Blackwell admitted the midfielder’s absence will hurt the team.

“The kid is learning and these mistakes are not only costly for us, but they’re costly for him,” Blackwell said.

“He won’t be playing for a while now and he’ll be a big loss to us. We’re at a club where we’re short on numbers and I can’t afford to be without anybody.”

Meanwhile, Bury were drawn against League Two side Exeter City in the FA Cup First Round – the tie will be played on the weekend commencing November 3.

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