Bury Very Tough

LAST weekend’s 3-1 Devon Expressway Derby win over Exeter City may well be considered by Pilgrims fans as one of the most memorable in recent seasons...

...but this weekend’s fixture against visitors Bury may prove to be even more significant come the end of the season. 

The Shakers are currently seventh in the table, locked on the same number of points as Argyle in sixth. Having played the same number of games, the two sides have both won 15, drawn seven and lost ten this season and are both unbeaten in their last four games in Sky Bet League 2. 

Despite their similarities, Argyle manager John Sheridan will be hoping his side can make all the difference this weekend by claiming all three points to extend their winning streak to five.

“Bury are trying to do what we’re doing and we’re evenly matched - but we’re at home and I’m confident we’ll win the game,” John said. “That’s what I’m going to tell the players and I hope the players are confident.

“There aren’t many teams who haven’t had an up-and-down, stop-start season. We’re identical, but we’re at home and we’re on a really good run and hopefully that’s what we’ll take into the game.

“We know the importance of trying to win the game to get ourselves in the mix and stay with the teams who are above us. I expect a tough game, but the run we’re on, we’ve got to go into the game confident.”

Having swept aside the Grecians during last weekend’s 3-1 win to climb to sixth in the league, morale is certainly high within the Pilgrims squad. However, Sheridan has warned his side to not become complacent ahead of this weekend’s tie.

“We’re on a good run and we’ve got ourselves back to where we should have been in the first place,” the boss said. “We had a poor run and it’s down to the players who have come back and reacted really well. Obviously, winning last week’s game against our biggest rivals will hopefully boost the confidence.

“They’re all going to be tough games but we’ve got something to fight for, starting with Bury. They’re a team in and around us and if we get the result we want, we’ll stay in the top seven.

“They’ve got one or two decent players who are comfortable on the ball and can run around with the ball and they’ve been in and around the playoff area for most of the season. David Flitcroft has done a good job there so we’re very wary of them.

“We’ll give them a tough game and see how they respond to it. Again, just try and win the game and that’s what we’re after; the three points.”