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Bury travel to South London this weekend, for their League One clash with play-off hopefuls Charlton. Lee Clark finds himself under considerable pressure, after 9 games without a win, and following a dire 4-0 home loss to Rochdale last time out, his side desperately need 3 points if they harbour any aspirations of a top half finish, or better.
Charlton sit just outside the play-offs after a positive start to the season, but after back to back losses to Wigan and Gillingham, Karl Robinson must be expecting a win from his side, against a team currently occupying a relegation spot.
In terms of the team news, Bury are still carrying multiple long-term injuries with Stephen Dawson, Craig Jones and Danny Mayor all expected to be out for some time.
Eoghan O’Connell, Jay O’Shea and Andrew Tutte could all return in the coming weeks but are unlikely to be fit for Saturdays game, and Lee Clark will be hoping talismanic frontman Jermaine Beckford will be available after missing the last two games with a knee injury.
Charlton will be without the suspended Ricky Holmes who picked up his 5th yellow card in last week’s game with Gillingham, a huge blow for the Addicks as Holmes is a vital part of how Charlton play. Mark Marshall remains unavailable, as well as Chris Solly and Ahmed Kashi who could still play despite their recent intense workloads.
In a recent interview Lee Clark stated, “I’m clear in my mind for the Valley, we are going to go there and win, I know that because we have got fresh players”. A statement that could potentially inject confidence into his players.
Bury did the double over Charlton last season, with a 2-0 win at home and 1-0 away. The Shakers faithful will hope another win is due this weekend, a win could kick start Bury’s limp start to the season, however another loss could be bad news for Clark, with many Bury fans calling for him to get the sack already.