BURY must dent the best home record in the section tomorrow if they are to earn the points that should ensure their First Division survival.

Play-off candidates Sheffield United have lost only one match at Bramall Lane all season but according to the Shakers' longest-serving player Nick Daws there's no way the men from Gigg Lane should be going there with an inferiority complex.

"It's important for us to get something from Sheffield but they've got nothing that we should be afraid of," declared Daws whose third goal of the season, against Bradford City on Easter Monday, secured a vital victory for the Shakers.

"We've performed well against them in the three games we've played this season and were unlucky not to have won each of them.

"Beating Bradford has given us a cushion of six points on the bottom three and now we should be looking to get results from our final three games to ensure we finish as high as possible."

The Shakers came away from Sheffield with a 1-1 draw in the third round of the FA Cup early in January and a repeat of that result would take the Shakers onto manager Stan Ternent's magical 50-point target that he believes will keep them up. But the cautious Bury boss isn't looking further than tomorrow's Roses battle and is well aware that the points still need to be earned.

"We have still to achieve the target I've set and have three games to do it and give us another crack at the Division next season.

"Even finishing fourth from bottom in our first season would be a great achievement with what we've had to work with and we'll be going all out to get what we need at Sheffield.

"We've played them three times this season and haven't managed a win yet so we could do with putting that right.

"But like ours their need is great and they have some good players and home advantage so it's going to be another tough match against them.

Definitely missing from Ternent's side will be midfield terrier Mark Patterson whose transfer from the Blades in December included a clause that excluded him from playing against United if they were involved in a promotion or relegation dogfight.

With no tickets on sale at Gigg Lane it's pay at the turnstiles at Bramall Lane tomorrow: £10 for adults and £7 concessions.

The lower tier of the Bramall Lane stand is largely uncovered so waterproof clothing would be advisable if this week's arctic conditions continue!

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