Date: 20th September 2013 at 10:10pm
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Kevin Blackwell has said that the players are looking very sharp in training ahead of the game against Southend at the weekend.

Bury will be looking forward to getting back to winning ways after back to back losses against Rochdale and Fleetwood, and Blackwell explained to the Official Site that he’d been pleased with the players’ efforts in training this week as they looked to put that right.

‘We’ve looked sharp again this week in training, I’m feeling excited by us again. This week the lads have worked hard and we’ve looked at the aspects of our game that we need to improve. We’ve been looking at areas such as dropping too deep and allowing too many crosses to come in. If we improve in those areas then I’m sure we’ll start to fly.’

Blackwell again says that patience is the key to everything at Bury given the changes we underwent in the summer, but again the positives are there, especially as the team haven’t fully clicked yet.

‘No other club has been through what we have been through this summer. It’s frustrating that we’re not getting the result and it’s also frustrating that we know how close we are to getting those results.’

It’s a glass half full, half empty argument really. We can be pleased with the progress so far that we are pushing teams for the most part right to the edge and feeling disappointed that we aren’t getting more out of games, or you can take the frustration that we’ve lost four of the opening seven, but with everything that has gone I think you have to be glass half full at least for the foreseeable future. If things haven’t shown better signs of improvement by January, then that might be the time to get concerned, but with how we are playing, we can’t be that far off getting over the line and picking up a number of victories to push us up the league table.

Blackwell also references one of the most important questions asked at the forum at the end of last season ‘how are we going to stay in the league?’ Bottom line is that has to be the only aim this season so we give ourselves a bedrock to build on as we move forward in future seasons. Staying up is all that matters this time round, anything more than that is a bonus and a further confidence builder, and financial boost.

That being said, Blackwell is more confident than simply survival saying that although those were his thoughts as we entered the season, the progress he has seen so far tells him that he does have a team on his hands that can and will challenge in the top half of the league by the end of the season.

Whether that’s enough for a promotion push remains to be seen, and depends potentially on how quickly we gel fully, but you get the impression he’ll be slightly disappointed if this season plays out to be only survival now.

Four players are 50/50 for the game and will undergo late fitness tests, they include Marlon Jackson, Jessy Reindorf, Toppie Odadeyi and Ashley Grimes. Even if they are passed fit, it’s likely they will fill the bench given the options available to Blackwell.