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Lowe to use Wembley as motivation

26 February 2019

Bury boss Ryan Lowe wants his players to use Wembley as a carrot to record a Semi-Final victory against Portsmouth.

The Shakers have seen off three Sky Bet League One sides on their way to the becoming one of the four teams left in the Checkatrade Trophy, and their manager says it is an unbelievable achievement to make it this far.

“We can certainly have our sights set on Wembley as we’re only one game a away, so the lads are excited by it and so am I, my staff are, the whole football club and so is the town,” he said. 

“If we get there it will be an unbelievable achievement, I feel like it is an achievement now getting to the Semi-Finals, with all the Clubs that were in it.

“But I will allow the lads to get excited because we will use it as a motivational skill, you are one game away from Wembley, I want to take my family there and I know the players certainly do.”

Kenny Jackett will be Lowe’s opposite number in the Gigg Lane dugouts, and the 40-year-old says he has nothing but respect for his counterpart.

“He is a fantastic manager, a fantastic guy who is managing a fantastic club in Portsmouth, and there is no way they should be in League One, they should be in the Championship, minimum,” he added. 

“The respect level when any manager comes here, or we go there, is always massive, and as a player I respected all my managers but as a manager now, I respect the managers a lot more for what they go through.

“We know what Portsmouth are about, we respect them and, as I say, they are in the same boat as us. They are 90 minutes away from Wembley and I am sure that Kenny and his football club will want to get there.”

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