U’s looking to ‘Bury’ the Shakers

U's boss John McGreal is out to plot Yeovil's downfall. Picture: STEVE WALLER

U's boss John McGreal is out to plot Yeovil's downfall. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, is expecting a very ‘open game’ against attack-minded Bury tomorrow afternoon.

Relegated from League One last season, and with a young manager in residence in Ryan Lowe, the Shakers have adapted to life in the fourth tier by winning four of their first nine league fixtures.

“Bury want to play football, and in Ryan Lowe they have a young manager who made the most of his career as a player,” explained McGreal.

“Ryan used the maximum what we had as a striker, and now he is cutting his teeth in football management at a good football club, playing at a good level, which is what I am also doing.

“He has already stamped his identity on the team. He’s attack-minded, and I think his team mirror his own style, so I think this could be a cracking match.

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“It’s the second time in the last few days that we will have played a team who were in League One last season (3-3 draw at Oldham Athletic last Saturday).

“We felt that we let ourselves down a little at Oldham, by conceding the two late goals, but it’s the players who deserve all the plaudits for such a good start to the season. At Oldham we still managed to get a point, despite not playing that well.

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“Of course there will be a few bumps along the way, but we are doing really well and have only lost one game so far this season.

“I think the greater experience in the team has helped, as has the competition for places, with goals coming from all over the pitch.

“We are now facing up to a period of eight games in four weeks, so it’s going to be a good test for us,” added McGreal, whose U’s side will entertain Yeovil on Tuesday night.

Lowe, 40, was appointed Bury manager after the turn of the year.

As a player he chalked up more than 700 first-team games during a distinguished career, which included three spells at Gigg Lane, in addition to playing for the likes of Shrewsbury, Chester, Crewe, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Tranmere.

Although the Shakers have won four of their nine league games, they have also lost four at the hands of Carlisle, MK Dons and Crawley, Lincoln.

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