Date: 18th January 2008 at 11:14am
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Stockport County will be followed by another large travelling contigent, hoping to top 2000 tomorrow in the Manchester derby against Bury.

County were beaten 2-0 at Bury last year, but won 1-0 the season before.

Gigg Lane has been known to not take the rain too well recently, but after a win against Norwich in the FA Cup on Tuesday Bury will be doing all they can to get the game on and push the pressure onwards.

Bury are without a manager after sacking Chris Casper at the beginning of the week, but did beat Championship Norwich 2-1 in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday night at Gigg Lane.

Vital Quotes:

Andy Bishop (Bury Striker) talking to the Evening News: ‘All that matters is that we get back to winning ways in the league.

‘I’m not even thinking about the next round of the FA Cup. We have to start winning games.

‘The Cup success was for Chris Casper, I owe him a lot. He’s done a lot of work with me and I have nothing but total respect for him.’

Jim Gannon: ‘Bury seized upon Norwich being below par and it was a really spirited, motivated performance, a great credit to Chris and all the players for putting in that kind of effort,’ he added.

‘Perhaps they took a bit of responsibility for what had gone on rather than just blaming the manager.’

‘They’ll be buoyed by that win over Norwich. The one thing that jumped out was the tremendous atmosphere against Norwich.

‘It was as if prior to that game the town had gone dead, but on Tuesday it turned out and was in great voice. With our fans going there and that with that kind of atmosphere I think it will be a cracking game.’

Bury Team News:

Former County target Simon Yeo is available after being ineligible to take part in the FA Cup game on Tuesday night.

But caretaker manager Chris Brass should stick with the side that beat Norwich 2-1.

Player to watch: Andy Bishop

The guy is a top quality striker, and has really been under constant speculation as he continues to score goals.

He’s got 12 goals this season, and will look to add to his tally tomorrow.

Stockport County Team News:

Matty McNeil has undergone a hernia operation and will be out for up to two months.

Rob Clare will be back in rehabilition on Monday but will also be out for much longer.

Gareth Owen and Ashley Williams will be out and should return in next weeks two reserve games.

Dominic Blizzard is fit again and could feature tomorrow.

Leon McSweeney went for stitches after a clash with Michael Rose in training, but he will be fit for Bury.

Otherwise its a full squad for Jim to choose from.

Player to watch: Anthony Elding

Four in four games for Eldinho, can he make it five and try and bring County to their fifth straight league win?

Match Facts & Stats

William hill say:

Bury win 7/4

County Win 5/4

The draw is at 11/5

Ref Watch:

Premiership referee tomorrow, Chris Foy from Merseyside. He has officiated Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea games this season. The last time he was involved in a County game was when Liam Dickinson scored a last minute winner at Chester City in 2006 as County won 2-1.

Next Fixtures:

Not for a while for the first team.

STOCKPORT COUNTY V Man City – Reserves (Manchester Senior Cup) Saturday 3pm