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PREVIEW: Bury

31 March 2013

All the info on the Shakers as the O's look to get their play-off push back on track

Form

The Shakers have struggled all season long and have taken only one win from their last six matches to leave themselves second-bottom and seven points away from safety with only six matches left to play. 

Kevin Blackwell’s men have been particularly poor on the road of late, with only one win coming from their last nine fixtures away from Gigg Lane. 

Last time out

The Shakers were indebted to striker Andy Bishop for converting an injury-time penalty to give themselves a point at home to Crewe after an 83rd-minute Bradley Inman strike looked set to send the visitors back to the Alexandra Stadium with a 2-1 win.

Bury had dominated early on but were unable to take their chances and the host’s inability to find the net was one that was highlighted post-match by Blackwell: "Our problem is hitting the back of the net. It could have been four or five by half time. It's just how it is at the moment.

"As a football club, we've got to keep going. It's been a hard season this season and today shows exactly how hard it's been.”

Injuries

Kevin Blackwell’s already-small squad has severely hit by injuries at times this season and last week saw winger Craig Jones ruled out for the rest of the season with hamstring and thigh injuries, joining Phil Picken and Adam Lockwood on the treatment table.

Last time we met

The O’s put in a professional display to see off a Bury side that had just been beginning to gather momentum after the appointment of Blackwell. After a shaky start that saw the hosts have efforts cleared off the line, Orient sealed a 2-0 win with two goals either side of half time from striker Kevin Lisbie.

One to watch

Tom Soares was once hailed as one of the brightest midfield prospects in England after impressing in the Premier League for Crystal Palace. However, a move to Stoke proved a disaster and after suffering from injury problems, he now finds himself with the Shakers, for whom he scored in the 2-2 draw with Crewe on Good Friday.

Previous meetings

Orient wins: 24
Bury wins: 17
Draws: 11


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