Oldham Athletic are set to takeover local rivals Bury in a relegation scrap on Saturday, with both sides battling it out for a vital three points.
Bury head into the derby bottom of League One but are looking to build on an impressive three points against Gillingham. Bury will be without experienced defender Peter Clarke, as Oldham are his parent club. Since Ryan Lowe took over Bury, the Shakers have picked up three massive wins on their quest for survival.
Oldham enter the game following an important win away at Scunthorpe last weekend. The game saw the introduction of Patrick McEleney and the return of fan favourite Eoin Doyle, they both netted in the 2-0 win. Latics are now out of the relegation zone and are placed 18th in League One.
Over 2,200 Oldham fans, along with hundreds other paying on the day, will be in following Latics at Gigg Lane and Oldham coach Paul Terry believes it will be a close encounter.
“We are expecting a team that are fighting for their lives but Ryan Lowe has gone in there and got a response from the players and got them playing well,” Terry commented.
“We think we have enough in our dressing room to counteract that and get the points we need.”
“Preparations have been good. We trained Monday and Tuesday and had a reserve game for players to get more minutes and get them ready.”
“We’re ready to get going today and tomorrow and put in the final bits getting ready for the game on Saturday.”
“It’s a local derby and they are another team that are down there and been on a good run since Ryan Lowe took over but we are on a good run ourselves so we look forward to the challenge and it should be a good game.”
“We know that if we play the right way then we can be a real match for any team in this league which we have proven throughout the season.”
Last Meeting – Oldham Athletic (Doyle 24′) (Holloway 90+4′) 2-1 Bury (Aldred 47′)