FIRED-UP manager Peter Jackson today ruled out Andy Booth as he focused on a major midfield re-jig for the vital trip to Bury.
Town have not won at Gigg Lane in six League visits since the remarkable 6-0 success of April 1989, and Jackson is keen to redress the balance in front of a big away following tomorrow (3.00).
He will have to achieve it without the services of big targetman Booth (hamstring) and five other players - Chris Holland (Achilles), Lee Fowler (international duty), Steve Yates (groin), John Thorrington (ankle) and Nathan Clarke, who was sent home today suffering flu symptoms.
Jackson has added winger Tyrone Thompson, midfield man Dwayne Mattis and utility defender Martyn Booty to the squad as he bids to build on the 2-1 win against Bristol Rovers with a first away victory of the season.
Jon Newby - returning to the club where he was 12-goal leading scorer last season - is confirmed to start up front as Booth's replacement alongside five-goal Jon Stead
And with Jackson naming an unchanged defence, his only concerns are in midfield where he must find two new personnel to cover Newby's switch and the absence of Fowler, who misses his first match to play for Wales Under 21s in Italy tonight.
"I am not going to reveal my team until late because the only important thing is that training has gone excellently and we are all looking forward to the game," said Jackson.
"There is no point risking a breakdown for Boothy, so he will be rested in the hope he'll be ready for what is another big game at home to Northampton next week.
"The changes in midfield just give people a chance to step in and they've got every incentive to try and keep hold of the shirts."
While Danny Schofield makes his final appearance before a three-game ban - he will not be available again until the Carling Cup trip to Sunderland on Tuesday, September 23 - Jackson has plenty of options alongside him and Tony Carss.
Jon Worthington, Andrew Holdsworth and Nat Brown are all itching to start, while the three new additions will all want to press their claims.
"It would be fantastic if we could add another victory, especially as we know we'll have a big following," added Jackson. "A winning run would take us towards the top and I'll be looking to the defence, who were superb last week, for a clean sheet."
Bury - Garner, Unsworth, Strong, Swailes, Woodthorpe, Singh, Duxbury, O'Shaughnessy, Connell, Preece, Seddon.
Town - (from): Gray, Hughes, Scott, Sodje, Edwards, Schofield, Carss, Thompson, Mattis, Worthington, Holdsworth, Booty, Senior, Brown, Mirfin, Stead, Newby.
Referee - André Marriner.