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"We have to maintain that belief. The easiest thing is to give up, the hardest thing is to keep going and find more." - City's Russell Slade

27 February 2017

The Sky Blues travel to Gigg Lane looking for a valuable three points on the road...

Russell Slade has reiterated his players still need to find belief if they are to improve their situation heading into tomorrow night's battle for survival. 

The Sky Blues suffered defeat against Swindon Town at the weekend - leaving the club eleven points from safety - but have two ties against fellow relegation contenders this week. 

Slade said: “You can’t give up, we’re professionals in what we do. We have to maintain that belief and trust in each other. The easiest thing is to give up, and the hardest thing is to keep going and find more.

“We have to react to setbacks, like we had on Saturday, in a positive way. I think when you’re in a situation we’re in, to go a goal down is mentally tougher than if the teams at the top end of the division go behind.

“However, it doesn’t mean that the game is over, you still have an opportunity. What killed us was that second goal going in so quickly after the first. It was a body blow, we battled away but perhaps we ran out of ideas."

Tomorrow’s opponents come into the game after a morale boosting 1-0 victory against Slade’s former employers, Charlton Athletic, at the weekend.

The Shakers are unbeaten in their previous four home games, including an impressive 5-1 victory against play-off chasing Peterborough United. 

The City boss added" “I think Bury can mix their play up a little more than Swindon, but they have experience in the right areas. Antony Kay at the back is a very experienced defender, and Ryan Lowe at the other end has similar experience.

“They seem to have dropped in to a system where they’re playing three at the back and they seem to know their jobs and what they’re doing. They have a big squad, with a variety of experience and different options to choose from.

“They’ve picked up in recent weeks, there are no easy games in League One, we know that, so we’re going to have to earn it.”

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