Shaun Beeley faces frustrating weekend on the sidelines
THERE is never a good moment for a defeat to your fiercest local rivals, but for full-back Shaun Beeley the timing could not have been much worse.
While the rest of his team-mates will spend this week focusing in training on how to bounce back from a flat performance at Rochdale, Beeley will be kicking his heels in frustration.
The terms of the six-month loan deal that brought the 24-year-old defender to Gigg Lane from Fleetwood means he will not be allowed to feature against his parent club.
So he faces an agonising wait to get back on the pitch and right the wrongs of Saturday.
“You want to just get it right straight away – iron those creases out, but I will work hard in training and hopefully get my place back after Fleetwood and we will turn it round and hopefully give someone a good beating,” said Beeley, who helped Fleetwood win promotion to the Football League during his six seasons at the Lancashire club.
Things clearly soured between club and player at the end of his time there, to such an extent that he might well stay away when the Shakers travel to Highbury.
But he is confident that, even without him cheering them on from the sidelines, his team-mates have what it takes to claim victory – even Marcos Navas, his likely replacement at right-back.
“There’s enough in the team and I’m sure after the fireball we’ve just got from the manager the lads will turn it round,” said Stockport-born Beeley.
“I’m not sure whether I really want to go there. I hope my replacement does well though as it will give me a push to keep playing better so I wish them all the best for the game and hopefully we will get three points.”
One of the lessons hopefully learned by the Bury players following last weekend’s dismal defeat will be “handcuffs” at corners.
Beeley admits the team have weekly training sessions dedicated to the spoiling technique at set plays, but he expects a few more drills now before the trip to Fleetwood.
“The goals are coming from set-pieces, so we have to tighten up,” he said. “It’s handcuffs. We go on about it every week. Every Friday we work on handcuffs so we should have defended better.
“That literally means having hands on your marker and making sure they don’t get a yard.
“We had a warning earlier on (against Rochdale) and it happened again and they scored from it.
“That really hurt us. It’s not a single person game, it’s a team, and we will all be reflecting on that this week. There will be no laughing and joking – losing hits us hard.
“All the lads here have got a point to prove, and I think we will do it.”
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