Tranmere v Bury preview
Team news ahead of Tuesday night’s League One clash between
Tranmere Rovers and Bury at Prenton Park.
Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore will select from an unchanged squad
when his League One table-toppers host struggling Bury.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over managerless Coventry returned Rovers to
the summit and, as a further boost, no injury problems were picked
Veteran centre-back Ian Goodison (knee) and full-back Paul Black
(thigh) remain on the sidelines, though.
Bury are yet to win this season under the guidance of caretaker
manager Peter Shirtliff but, after they gained a creditable draw at
Sheffield United on Saturday, Moore is expecting a competitive
“Bury have gone and drawn 1-1 at Sheffield United and really
should have won it,” he told Tranmere’s official website. “They had
a chance right at the death where the lad has hit it over the
“So we know it’s going to be a tough game, but let other teams
worry about us. If we have the same application and dedication we
had the other day, keep the ball that bit better, then Bury will be
in for a tough game.”
Bury will run the rule over David Healy and Efe Sodje.
Northern Ireland international striker Healy has not featured
for the Shakers since netting a penalty on his debut against
Coventry and he is presently rated as 50/50 with a thigh
In his absence, Tom Hopper made his own Bury bow up front in
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Sheffield United, and the on-loan Leicester
youngster is expected to continue as caretaker boss Peter Shirtliff
searches for an elusive first win at the helm.
Veteran centre-back Sodje came off with a tight groin at Bramall
Lane and faces a late fitness test, with Mark Hughes poised to
deputise if he misses out.
Fellow defender Phil Picken is a long-term injury victim after
the club confirmed he will miss the rest of the season due to
cruciate ligament damage.