Kevin Blackwell looks forward to Gigg Lane return
BURY boss Kevin Blackwell was left longing for some home comforts after watching his side play – and lose – their third successive away match.
The Shakers’ 2-1 defeat to third-placed Fleetwood Town followed a disappointing 1-0 defeat at local rivals Rochdale the previous weekend and a cruel 2-1 loss at League One Port Vale in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Now Blackwell is looking forward to getting back to Gigg Lane where Bury take on mid-table Southend United on Saturday.
“It’s nice to come home,” he admitted.
“Five out of the last six games have been away so it’s been a long time on the road.
“I don’t understand the league fixtures sometimes, the way they are.
“It can’t be right that you have got two and three games away from home all in one go at the beginning of the season.
“That obviously affects you because it is hard enough to win games without having been on the road all the time, where decisions that can go against you could go for you at home.
“So I’m looking forward to getting back home.”
The stats back up Blackwell’s point.
In Bury’s 10 league and cup games so far this season, six have been away from home. Five of those ended in defeat, with one draw at Burton Albion, while the Shakers have won three and lost one of their four home matches.
Blackwell’s players will at least get the chance to test his theory, with three of their next four matches at home, while nine of the 14 league games Bury have scheduled before the end of the year are at Gigg Lane.
Should those games follow the early-season pattern, then Bury should end 2013 in a much healthier position in the League Two table than the 17th spot they currently occupy.
But the Bury boss believes the fact they have already played and competed well against the top three in the division should also work in his side’s favour.
“We know we are close, we have just got to keep working hard and believing,” he said after his side pushed third-placed Fleetwood Town all the way in their defeat at Highbury.
“They (Fleetwood) are a decent side, they have spent big money, they have got good players, we know that, and yet I felt we should have come away with something and that’s the frustrating thing.
“We have got a team that is more than competitive but we have got to find that little edge and maybe just a little bit of luck every now and then wouldn’t go amiss in either box.”
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