Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner is not lamenting missing out on the chance to run the rule over visitors Bury.
Turner says his players should be more concerned about replicating the stellar form they showed mounting an eight-game unbeaten run before they lost at Swindon last weekend than fearing Kevin Blackwell’s revamped side.
The Bury manager has drafted in Peterborough winger Nicky Ajose and defenders Ashley Eastham and Stephane Zubar, but a postponement against Sheffield United on Tuesday night prevented Turner from analysing the Shakers’ current strength.
The Town supremo is convinced his players are good enough anyway to beat most sides in League One provided they perform at their potential.
Yet tomorrow’s clash falls into the 'six-pointer' category, as victory for Town would go a long way to making sure they are not dragged into a relegation battle by posting an 11-point gap between themselves and their struggling opponents.
Turner said: "They are all big games in the position we find ourselves in. In those pressure situations we’re capable of beating most sides in this league when we really perform and we’ve got players of ability to do that.
"It’s worrying about ourselves and not too much about Bury. We’d have watched them last Saturday and on Tuesday but their games were off.
"But it wasn’t so long ago we played them (2-2 in December at Gigg Lane). In the end it’s how we do and how we perform.”
Shrewsbury can manage the absence of Jermaine Grandison by either deploying loanees Cameron Gayle or Yado Mambo at centre-half or shuffling their back four around.
Tom Bradshaw might have done enough to secure another start up front, but winger Mark Wright is still ruled out with a knee injury.
Town expect tomorrow’s game to go ahead, as the Greenhous Meadow pitch has been covered all week.
The car park and surrounding areas have been cleared of snow and ice but plans in place for the car park to be gritted tonight, if necessary.
And Town’s youngsters are booked in for a rare date at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturda, February 16 when their Midland Youth Cup semi-final against Notts County will be played, kicking off at 11am.
Meanwhile, Shrewsbury stalwarts Malcolm Starkey, Chic Bates, Steve Cross and Jake King are to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame on Monday.Subscribe to our Newsletter