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Lowe’s Wise Moves In January Could Be Key To League One Football Next Season

The unusual yet charming bond between Bury and Rangers struck again on deadline day, as Bury saw off ‘two Scottish Premiership clubs’ to sign midfielder Jordan Rossiter on loan until the end of the season.

Deadline day just wouldn’t feel right without a new player coming through the door and Rossiter decided on a move South of the border to end this current season. Having watched the pulsating 3-3 draw with Lincoln City last Saturday, the Rangers man felt he just couldn’t say no at the possibility of a loan move to Bury.

Rossiter grew up and spent his early playing days in the Liverpool academy. The return to the North West will therefore bring Bury’s newest addition closer to home. Rossiter was no slouch in the Anfield set-up and, has played under Brendan Rodgers whilst he was still part of the club before Jurgen Klopp joined in 2015.

Rossiter’s early career has been plagued with injury mostly but will plan to become a permanent fixture on the pitch for Bury rather than the treatment room. Another midfield option seemed rather necessary this window as Bury head onto the home straight.

The 21-year-old will look to become a permanent fixture in the side but will need to shake off a ‘sick note’ tag, which looks to be the only question mark against this signing. Its been frustrating at times for Rossiter having only made 16 appearances for Rangers since his arrival in 2016.

What certainly isn’t frustrating, however, is Bury’s growing force in the transfer market as Ryan Lowe secured his second Rangers signing of the season. The initial addition was Jamie Barjonas who is now back in Scotland following on from his loan stay at Bury.

Rossiter isn’t the only January arrival to the side however. Scott Wharton has also joined the side from Blackburn Rovers this season, he too is on-loan until the season is out and the same age as Rossiter.

Wharton is back in League Two as quickly as he left it,  having started his season at leaders Lincoln making 16 appearances. Lowe’s willingness to add depth to the squad seems appropriate, especially seen as Bury also have The Checkatrade Trophy to fight for between now and May alongside their league form which, all being well, could lead to promotion.

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It’s Clear Bury AND Lincoln Will Need to Strengthen Next Season to Thrive in League One

The fixture of Bury vs Lincoln City is likely to be given a second helping in the 2019/20 season of football. The most likely outcome is the game will take place in League One rather than League Two.

For having seen two of three teams in the automatic playoff places pit against each other only two days ago, to talk about one is to talk about the other almost.

Both with young managers who encourage open, expansive football, it was little wonder we were treated to such a spectacle. A total of 22 shots on goal at either end which saw six goals scored, it was no surprise that either team played a type of football which merited better than the soggy playing surface and worse for wear conditions.

Yet despite an end to end attacking fixture, it will leave both Ryan Lowe and Danny Cowley believing that more is needed to do, in order to fix a set of teams that are capable of leaving the back door open at times.

Lincoln only managed three shots on target in the game and had were dominated in possession by The Shakers, their third goal was ever so slightly dodgy however. In defence of the Shakers back line, Callum McFadzean was adjudged to have brought down Imps player Harry Anderson in the box where Lincoln striker John Akinde thought he’d scored the winner.

Soft penalty? Yes. It defiantly needed a fair few looks on the replay to give a clear cut decision.  Needn’t so the Shakers found themeless trailing again and their goals against tally had racked up to 36 by seven thirty pm. Second place Mansfield have let in 14 fewer.

The same could be said at the other end of course. Lincoln are by no means rock solid at the back, but still have the best goal difference in the league. Now 5 clear of Mansfield with a game in hand over Bury, they look are most likely uncatchable. But Bury can draw many positives as several times they managed to split the Lincoln defence.

Their Boss Cowley stated post-match that his side are better ‘with and without the ball’ yet ‘Bury are very good with but not as good without it’. A note to his colleague on the positives and negatives of this style, one of the reasons they are probably on the same page in terms of style and management.

Lowe’s encouragement of attacking football in the EFL should always be applauded and would have been seconded by the neutral. The only problem with this game was Millwall’s giant-killing over Everton was played at exactly the same time and may have stolen a few viewers more as part of the terrestrial TV.

However good the open football was, it took a good old set piece for the home side to steal a point through centre back Will Aimson. Part of a back three by Lowe which contains two wing backs which play virtually as wingers, it’s no surprise to see them a tad exposed at times. Yet Aimson deserved his goal after an impressive display.

But there is no doubt Lowe will work to solve this problem of course. He can take Bury to League One playing this current way as the last 30 games suggest. But a bit of defensive work this summer may not go amiss.

Lowe Shows No Signs of Leaving Bury as They Head to Forest Green Rovers

It’s probably hard to find a more popular manager with the fans than Ryan Lowe at Bury. It seems impossible to not like a successful club player who shows potential to be all the same as a manager after making the step up, many ex-players find hard when stepping behind the white line. With Bury’s current league position under Lowe and the quality of football he’s brought to Gigg Lane, he is most definitely one of football’s in-form managers at present.

Lowe will no doubt have the full club backing at Bury, which it seems strange that he could leave the club. After confirming in yesterday’s press conference that rumours of a move to Kenilworth Road were simply ‘speculation’ and ‘nothing else’, it would be hard to find a football-related argument which suggests Lowe would leave, what looks like an exciting project under New Ownership.

The links to the League One club are a testament to the early success Lowe has enjoyed in a short amount of time. The style of football played by Bury has drawn parallel with that of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool over the past few weeks. Not least after his sides stunning comeback against MK Dons last Saturday which saw Bury come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3. A scoreline typical of the early days Klopp had at Anfield, which, as we can see at present, has laid the foundations for a tilt at the Premier League title.

However, Lowe will only have his eye one title at present and that’s the fight for automatic promotion from League Two. Tomorrow’s game against Forest Green will be no easy three points, however, as the Shakers face a team who haven’t lost since November.

But if there’s any team that can change that record then it is indeed Bury. Backed by the news that ‘The Irish Messi’ Jay O’Shea has signed a new one year contract, and the feeling Danny Mayor looks to be staying put before the January transfer window ends, all this should do no harm to the current dressing room mood.

After a nervy week all seems well…and breathe people.

Is Promotion On The Cards For Bury in 2019

Ryan Lowe has raised many eyebrows to those in the football world over Christmas, with his management choices in a variety of ways. Whether they have had the required impact can only be seen long term, yet Bury again struggled on the road this festive season.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, The Bury boss announced he would not be running a training session on Christmas Day, a choice not common in English football. Instead, choosing to monitor the players’ workouts using a GPS heart monitor and a 30-minute training workout.

A day later a whole host of changes at Mansfield were made as players including Callum McFadzean, Captain Neil Danns and Nicky Maynard were left on the bench as rare starts in the league were given to so-called ‘squad players’ in the side.

The reason for the changes were put to ‘squad rotation’ and ‘niggles and injuries’, still the eleven put out couldn’t record an away win and Bury are still left with a total of only three away wins in the league all season after 25 games.

At table propers Notts County Lowe rotated the squad again, but Bury were fortunate to  leave Meadow Lane with a point as County man Jon Stead missed a 12 yard spot kick for the home side skying the ball over the bar.

After just one point from a possible six, and one from nine counting Oldham who sacked Frankie Bunn less than fortnight after Bury were beaten 4-2 at Boundary Park. Now Bury have it all to do against Crewe on New Years Day, yet the Cheshire side know they’re in for a tough afternoon.

Gigg Lane has proved to be a fortress so far this season, no team since Carlisle in September have left North Manchester with a win. The Shakers will look to make it a happy new year as they say goodbye to 2018 which saw the club relegated from League One and a takeover in the boardroom with Steve Dale replacing Stewart Day as chairman in December.

Despite financial losses in 2018 off the pitch, Bury are in for a promotion race in the New Year, and with 10 points separating MK Dons in Second to Grimsby in 13th, League Two should be a league to watch very closely.

However as we head into The New Year, Bury will be a team you’d want to back down the bookies for promotion, the home form being their biggest calling card. Upcoming games against leaders Lincoln and MK Dons under the home lights should test their promotion metal.

Out with the old and into the new. Bury can finally look to a promising twelve months under Dale and Lowe, with many opportunities to be grasped in 2019. Compared to twelve months ago, this is something to cheer for.

Lavery and Aimson IN For Bury As They Prepare to Welcome Tranmere

In this the season of goodwill. Bury will hope to bring a great deal of festive cheer to those who decide to watch football, rather than brave Christmas shopping at the Trafford Centre this weekend.

A few changes will likely be made to the side still reeling from last Saturday’s derby defeat at Oldham Athletic.

While most of the players in this side are shoo-ins to start against Tranmere, as they have been so many times this season, this should be the starting eleven as the Shakers look to notch up another win under the lights of Gigg Lane.

Changes  

After a brace at Boundary Park, Caolan Lavery should be recalled to the starting eleven to start alongside Nicky Maynard in an attacking duo.

Lavery, on loan from Championship side Sheffield United,  has never really settled when out on loan at any club he’s been at. Enduring at times a stop-start career.

A run in the side could be just what he needs in order to fire in the goals. That can only come if Lowe chooses to put faith in him, as he should on Saturday.

Having gone three games without a goal, Nicky Maynard may be rested, but this may pose to great a risk for Lowe.

Another change will likely come at the back, although this will pose more trouble for Lowe than the changes needed to be made in the forward line.

Will Aimson is a favourite to be recalled to the team, having been dropped for Eoghan O’Connell after Cheltenham in November. It may be O’Connell who is dropped to the bench, questions may be asked whether the Irishmen was brought back too early from injury.

Best players of the half season

Cheltenham manager Michael Duff said Bury were there best team in League Two this season, this after their 4-1 defeat at Gigg only a few games ago. So which players have thrived as Bury began life back in League Two.

Adam Thompson has thrived so far in a central defensive area and is a favourite amongst fans and the manager and unless his 2019 is plagued by injury, will play every game virtually in the centre of a back three. Who will play with him on a consistent basis could be a concern.

Jay O’Shea is another who Bury can’t do without and more’s to the problem would leave a massive hole if he was to miss any amount of fixtures, thriving in front of goal and alongside Neil Danns forming a solid partnership in the middle of the park. Named League Two’s November player of the month.

Danny Mayor is undoubtedly Bury’s best player when everybody is playing at their best. Technically the most capable and one of the few players in League Two who poses such a threat despite not being a striker. Also widely recognised outside the club as well.

Like Thompson and O’Shea, Bury will want the midfielder firing on all cylinders in order to achieve promotion.

Oldham Defeat Means Lowe Will Start to Ponder Bury’s Away Form

On Friday I wrote about how Bury were ready to make a charge for promotion automatically, missing out on those pesky playoffs. Three days later I won’t now start saying the Shakers are suddenly in a crisis.

However, even the most loyal Bury fan would admit going 3-0 after just thirty minutes was pretty alarming, especially in a local derby against an Oldham side who began the day outside the top twelve.

When finding out nearest rivals Colchester had also been thumped 4-0 by Carlisle, the away dressing room at Boundary Park would have had smoke whistling out of the windows.

Yet the away dressing room hasn’t always been a happy place for the Shakers this season. More recently the atmosphere may be getting just a bit worse. After a penalty save against Exeter only seven days previously, Joe Murphy had an afternoon to forget, Oldham’s fourth goal is certainly a moment he won’t want to relive.

The Shakers have dominated virtually all their games this season until Saturday’s derby, therefore this may have just been a ‘bad day at the office’. However, with both sides operating in a 4-4-2 formation, Oldham found themselves in dreamland with Latics manager Frankie Bunn winning out on the tactical battle.

But Bury’s defence certainly has a fair few weaknesses. Chris Stokes at left back looks a particularly weak link for example and there are times when –  should the Shakers end the season with promotion – this defence could need investment.

Whereas Jose Mourinho can spend millions upon millions on a back line in the January transfer if afforded such luxuries by those above him. Ryan Lowe is not quite as fortunate, yet will have to work out where best to play Eoghan O’Connell and find Bury’s strongest centre-back partnerships amongst a fair few defenders.

Away from home though and Bury aren’t quite having the same luck. In 11 away league games, Bury have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 5. Something similar in 2019 and the Shakers will struggle to make the top three or need an over-reliance on their performances at Gigg Lane.

That might not be such a worry though in this season so far, as 7 wins in 11 have been topped up. For now, there should be no reason to worry, yet the hectic schedule over Christmas may be more telling.

For now, Lowe will hope some festive joy can do away with the ever-increasing away day blues.

If Bury Want to Beat Exeter, They Must Play This Trio

The past few seasons at Bury will have provided a fair bit of chaos for the men who print out the team sheets. At times it was guesswork when deciphering which players would make the starting eleven on any particular week.

Yet something has changed this season. Now you can name every on the team sheet as Ryan Lowe has begun to establish continuity in the side.

The midfield looked slightly different on Tuesday night. Stephen Dawson, Callum Styles and Jamie Barjonas all started in the win, but Ryan Lowe is likely to go back to the players who’ve been scoring for fun this season.

Saturday’s game sees 5th take on 7th in League Two as Bury face Exeter before a local derby with Oldham the week after. To help notch up another home win, Lowe should start these three players.

 Jay O’Shea

Bury have found not only a grafter in midfield but a goalscorer. O’Shea is in a rich vein of form having scored six goals in his last nine games and is playing a huge role in Bury’s promotion challenge this season.

Having recently been named November’s player of the month in League Two, O’Shea is more than proving what a special talent he can be. Bury will be desperate the Irishmen remains in form heading into the hectic festive period.

Eoghan O’Connell 

Brought back into the team last Sunday and avoiding injury will most likely be a starter till May. Gets the nod ahead of Adam Thompson as Bury’s best defender and will provide that extra protection needed in front of Murphy in goal.

The 3-5-2 formation seems to work for Bury as Lowe looks to have found a method that works. The back line looks to be the Shakers weakest area in the team at present but hopefully, young O’Connell can help cut out the silly mistakes Bury continue to leak when under pressure.

Dominic Telford 

Half of Telford’s goals this season have come in the Checkatrade Trophy, the latest coming at Mansfield on Tuesday.

Fans and no doubt Telford himself will want to start converting those Cup goals into League ones after Tuesday night’s contribution. Competing alongside Byron Moore for a place alongside Nicky Maynard in Bury’s starting eleven, making an immediate impact tomorrow against Exeter wouldn’t go amiss.

Having not scored in the league since October yet still starts most games, it’s time he repaid Lowe’s faith with a goal in another of Bury’s promotion battles.