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Opposition Eye: Bury

11 December 2015

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Withe trip to Gigg Lane coming up in under 24 hours, here's what Bury manager David Flitcroft makes of his and the Spireites' chances tomorrow.

Caretaker manager Mark Smith’s Chesterfield side make the 100-mile round trip to Bury looking to get back to winning ways in the 3pm kick-off. 

The Shakers sit three points outside the play-off spots in tenth position, while Chesterfield are in 16th and with a win can jump up to 14th place.  

Flitcroft, speaking to the Bury media team, said the Chesterfield players will be looking to impress their temporary manager.

“Either way, whether Mark wants to get the job or not, they will be playing for him or the new manager in the stands, so it’s going to be a tough encounter.

“It’s never an easy situation because you will have players fearing for their job now. So you’ll get 20% more effort from their players because of that.” 

The Bury manager visited the Proact last weekend to see Chesterfield play Walsall in the FA Cup, and Flitcroft was impressed with what he saw. 

“I went across there myself with our chief scout on Saturday," he said. "Playing on the Sunday was fantastic as it gave us the opportunity to train here and get the lads prepped up. 

“They’ve lost Dean Saunders, the manager, it has happened quite a few times this season where managers have gone before they play us, but it was good that we could watch them.

“They played against a very good Walsall team, even though they lost Dean Smith they are still a very good football team.” 

He added: “Chesterfield matched them and played well. They played with a different system to what they have been playing with and this sometimes happens with a new manager or interim manager coming in. 

“We have got to cope and contend with that, but we’ll have a specific game plan we’ve worked on all week.” 

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