JAMIE HOYLAND: 500 up for Tommy and still counting
11:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Bury FC
IF I had one wish for this weekend’s match at Accrington it would be for Tommy Miller to roll back the years and score the winning goal.
I understand that, if he plays, it will be his 500th appearance in league and cup.
That would be a fantastic achievement.
I worked with Tommy, pictured below a bit at Preston and I know he is a great lad and a good pro.
He had an eye for a goal in his earlier years and while that isn’t really his game now, it would be fitting if he could get his name on the scoresheet again on Saturday.
Lord knows a Tommy Miller-inspired victory – let’s face it, any kind of victory – would be welcome for Bury.
It’s not that the Shakers’ fate will be sealed if they win or lose, but it would be nice to put a bit of distance between themselves and the rest of the relegation pack.
For me, League Two is so tight that I don’t think anything will be decided – at the top or the bottom – until the final day of the season.
What Bury need to do to make it easy on themselves is to put together an unbeaten run.
I know it sounds obvious, but when your results are stop-start, like they have been, you will never move clear of danger – that pressure will always be there.
The other thing an unbeaten run would do is help build confidence in the team, but from Saturday’s display against Burton I would say that is already improving.
Burton are a good team – I saw them win easily at home to Fleetwood. So I was very impressed with the way Bury competed and could easily have won the game.
It was the first chance I have had to have a good look at David Flitcroft’s new side and it seems to be taking shape nicely.
The way they were set up, with the back three and Ashley Grimes behind the front two they have no choice but to play passing football.
Possession is key in a formation like that and I thought they passed the ball around with real confidence.
Of course, it helps that Flickers now has his own players in the defence.
They will have been brought in to fit in with Bury’s new style of play, which is no problem for the older players like Miller and Chris Sedgwick to adapt to but can take time for younger lads.
Jim McNulty, especially, looked to have loads of time on the ball and a real classy left foot.
If Flickers has one or two more like him up his sleeve then I don’t think Bury will be looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack for long. Up the Shakers.
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