Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Shaking it up

The Valley this evening should see a relative drop in in the gate as unattractive Bury come to town. They will bring only a handful of fans and the match may be short on atmosphere. I am guessing the gate may be sub-16,000. That might just be the spur our players need to put on a show and score some goals as they seal Chris Powell's second successive League One Manager-of-the-Month award.

Anyone who remembers any of our previous encounters with the Shakers might be deterred from bothering, either consciously or sub-consciously. Prior to this season I can recall four league games and a League Cup encounter and I can't remember more than a goal in any game. Truly dire, including a trip to Gigg Lane which was equally forgettable. Beer at less than a pound a pint was what sticks in my mind and that at a time when it was £2 plus 'dahn sarf.'

Their away record suggests an all or nothing approach with only one draw, six wins and seven defeats. They were beaten 3-0 at Rochdale on Saturday in a derby game and should hardly arrive full of beans, although the change in scenery might provide an early encouragement. I am taking us to win well this evening and for our forward pairing to get on the sheet for a change. 

Sheffield Wednesday face an awkward fixture at MK Dons tonight and defeat there could leave them effectively needing to make up five wins on us, which looks like Mission Impossible given our record to date with what would be 18 matches left. Come on Charl-ton, let's stretch that gap!

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