Bury boss Blackwell challenges the Shakers to rise to the occasion against Norwich City
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Bury boss Kevin Blackwell is urging his players to make a name for themselves by dumping Norwich City out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.
Blackwell's League Two outfit have already claimed a higher-level scalp by despatching Crewe in the previous round, and the Shakers will be backed by a huge travelling contingent as they target a cup upset tonight at Carrow Road.
'I just want my players to go out and enjoy it because there is nothing expected of them,' said Blackwell. 'They can go and play the game and try to do the right things, but we want to try and put on a performance because we have 15 coaches of supporters going down, plus those travelling independently. If you look down the years there have been plenty of lads from Bury who have gone on and played at a higher level and maybe this game is an opportunity for someone to stick out and play well and a club comes along who thinks, 'Why not take a chance on this lad?'
'We turned up for pre-season training on June 24 and I had four players signed up for the football club so in roughly two months I have gone from not being able to put out a five-a-side team to taking a team to Norwich. It is been hard going but I think we have made some really good signings and there is a real buzz about the place.'
Injured Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett is one of the current links between the two clubs after making 56 league appearances for the Gigg Lane outfit during two loan spells. Bury also knocked the Canaries out of the FA Cup in 2008 when the sides last met, but Blackwell insists the focus this time around has been on their league campaign.
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'It's not been a distraction. We haven't even spoken about it since the Crewe game if I am honest,' he said. 'People can talk about what Bradford did last season in this competition, but for me it really is as simple as trying to win the next game we play.
'If that leads onto another cup game with a bit more experience or a win to push us further up the league that is what you are looking for as a manager.'
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On-loan Blackburn forward Anton Forrester and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Danny Mayor are both eligible for the Shakers but Huddersfield loanee Jordan Sinnott is cup-tied.
'We can go to Norwich full of confidence,' said Blackwell. 'We're slowly but surely putting a very exciting team together and I am very pleased about what I am seeing.'