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Checkatrade Trophy

Danns dreaming of a Wembley appearance

26 February 2019

Bury midfielder Neil Danns says it would be a dream come true to reach the Checkatrade Trophy Final this season.

The Shakers are potentially just 90 minutes away from booking their place in next month's Final, but must first overcome Portsmouth in Tuesday night's first Semi-Final.

Speaking ahead of the game, Danns says his side will go into the match as underdogs, setting things up for a fairytale ending to their story this season.

“It’s a massive game for us in what’s been a successful season so far. It’s a big one for us, with a chance to get to Wembley and win some silverware, so we’re looking forward to it," he said.

“It’s massive for any player, for any club - going to Wembley is a great day out for the fans too. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of; when you’re younger, you want to play at the national stadium and it will be no different this week. 

“We know we’ll go into the game as underdogs but that’s something we thrive on; we’ve had some really good results against League One opposition this season, so hopefully we can continue that.

“The opportunity is there to play at Wembley and this competition is a good route to get there, especially for the lower Clubs. We’ve taken it seriously and when we’ve made changes it’s been because we have a really good squad, which you can see from the games we’ve won. 

“We’ve got a mentality of taking each game as it comes and that’s what we’re doing. It’s given us a great platform in the league and we’ve taken that into the Checkatrade Trophy. We don’t look past any game, we do what we have to do and go from there.” 

At 36 years of age, Danns is one of the more senior members in Bury's squad. Asked about his role in helping the club's younger players in the competition this season, he added: “I haven’t had to do any work like that at all, really.

"We’ve got a really good set of lads here who know what’s at stake in every game, both in the league and the Checkatrade Trophy, and that comes from the manager and staff keeping us grounded. We know we’ve achieved nothing yet this season, we’re in a good position and just have to keep doing what we’re doing.

“It’s always good for them to gain experience, we’ve had 16 and 17 year olds playing in the competition and I’m sure that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their careers. They’ve played their part; we all know it’s a squad game, so it’s valuable for the young lads.

“It’s testament to the squad that we’ve reached this stage because we’ve had players injured this season, and the squad has allowed us to be strong in the league and the Checkatrade Trophy. It hasn’t been an easy route to the Semi-Final, we’ve played some tough teams and have put in some really good performances."

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