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Let’s get up the table! Kevin Blackwell wants Bury out of League One bottom four, starting against Walsall

By Mark Shales

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell insists his side have to build on their first league win when the Shakers host Walsall on Saturday.

Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against struggling Hartlepool was the first for Bury since April, and Blackwell’s first in charge of the club.

It also saw the Shakers move off the foot of the table, and the manager now hopes his side will start to gain momentum.

“When I came here we said the first thing to do is get off the bottom as quick as we can,” he told his club’s website.

“Then try and look at the next step after that, and that’s to try and put some consecutive results together.

“The next step after that will be to try and get out of the bottom four – the next step after that will be trying to consolidate.

“Since I’ve been here we could have got something out of every single game.”

Bury will be again without loan-signing Zac Thompson – serving a three-match ban after being sent off in the defeat to Yeovil Town.

QPR striker Troy Hewitt – who arrived at Gigg Lane on Monday on a month-long loan – will be a danger for the Walsall defence.

And despite Blackwell’s grand aims for Bury, he knows they have to keep their feet firmly on the ground.

“We’ve got to build on our performances and make sure we don’t get carried away because we’ve had one win,” the Shakers boss told BBC Radio Manchester.

“Walsall are very much a hit-and-miss side. When they’re good, they’re good, and when they’re bad, they’re awful.

“We’re a bit like that and that’s what it’s like in this division.”

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