TOM Kennedy is backing the Shakers to bring their miserable run of results to an end sooner rather than later.

The 19-year-old full-back reckons the club are due a change in fortune after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Scunthorpe stretched their unbeaten sequence to nine games.

Kennedy, who set up Chris Porter's first half equaliser at Glanford Park, says it's not all doom and gloom in the Gigg Lane dressing room despite the club's financial situation biting into squad numbers and is looking at Saturday's home game against Northampton Town as a turning point.

"The last two weeks have been pretty hard on us," he said.

"We battered both Oxford and Leyton Orient but only came away with 0-0 draws.

"And I thought we looked comfortable when we were 2-1 up at Scunthorpe but it was a blow for us when Chris Porter went off and we missed Danny Swailes at the back.

"In the end we couldn't hold on for a draw.

"We are working well but are just not getting the luck we deserve at the minute and I don't think people realise that there isn't too much difference between us and the top teams.

"The financial situation only really affects us when players move out.

"You go into training expecting to see them and suddenly they arent there, it does affect you a bit but its part and parcel of football.

"Dave Nugent and Danny were important members of the squad but we have to pick ourselves up and get on with it."

Bury have good reason to put one over on the Cobblers at the weekend after Colin Calderwood's side knocked them out of the FA Cup in early December and followed that with a victory over the Shakers during the Christmas period.

"Next week is a massive game for us," added Kennedy.

"We owe them one and the boys will be well up for the game, I can guarantee that!"