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PREVIEW: Morecambe v Wanderers

All the details as in-form Wanderers go in search of fifth successive win

4 February 2022

Wanderers make the short trip north to Morecambe in search of a fifth successive win to continue their climb up the League One table.

The two sides were both promoted last season with Morecambe reaching the highest level in their history by winning the League Two play-off final.

The Shrimps are engaged in a battle to avoid an instant return to the EFL’s bottom tier but are putting up a serious fight, with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six games taking them to within two points of the sides above the drop zone.

Wanderers, meanwhile, are up to 11th place thanks to their impressive recent run – which has also put them back into the black on the goal-difference front.

Ian Evatt’s men have won three on the spin at home and ended their seven-match losing run away from home with a 1-0 victory at Shrewsbury Town the last time out on the road.

 

Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “We need to carry on this good vibe. You have to work hard to win football matches, though.

“It doesn’t come easy. You have to earn the right in every game and we’ve got to do that again on Saturday.

“They are a team very much in touch and capable of staying up with some very good players.

 “We’re going to have to find a way to win. It might not be our usual fluid attacking game but we have to make sure we are positive and we keep doing the things we’ve been doing and set the right standards.

“And if we do that, we can hopefully get three points.”

Stephen Robinson: “I believe we’ve got a really good spirit about the camp, we’ve got boys that want to be here and really want to play for the football club and that bodes well.

“I’m confident that if we continue to play, we’ll turn the performances into results.

 “Bolton have been fantastic, I’ve watched three of their last four games.

 “They’re a very good football side, they’ve got a set way of playing and they won’t change that for anybody which is credit to them, they’re a real threat.”

 

Team news

Deadline-day signing Kyle Dempsey could make a Wanderers’ debut with the midfielder able to be included in the squad for the first time.

Kieran Lee also returns after being rested for the mid-week win over Cambridge.

Morecambe have added former Northampton, Bristol Rovers, and Stevenage goalkeeper Adam Smith to their squad and he could figure following a mid-week injury to Trevor Carson.

The Shrimps are also set to include former White Arthur Gnahoua in support of 20-goal top scorer Cole Stockton.

 

Tickets

Wanderers have sold out their allocation of 1,700 tickets.

 

Last time out

Morecambe 0-1 Bolton Wanderers | Saturday 24th April 2021 | Sky Bet League Two

With the season nearing its climax, Wanderers found themselves third in Sky Bet League Two and occupied the final automatic promotion with just three games to go. Morecambe though were in fine form in 4th position, just one point behind Ian Evatt's side.

With Morecambe down to ten men midway through the first half, with Kelvin Mellor sent off for a stamp on Dapo Afolayan, Wanderers scored the only goal to the game just before half-time with Ben Jackson firing a low shot past Kyle Letheren from the edge of the box. 

Wanderers: Gilks, Jones, Almeida Santos, Baptiste, Jackson, Williams, Lee, Thomason (Sarcevic 70), Isgrove (Elbouzedi 81), Afolayan (Delfouneso 46), Doyle (Miller 75).

Unused Subs: Jensen, Brockbank, Tutte.

 

Match officials

Referee: Ross Joyce

Assistant referees: Danny Gratton and Gary Hilton.

Fourth official: Lewis Smith

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Match Reports

REPORT: Morecambe 1 Wanderers 1

Super-sub Bakayoko strikes late on to extend unbeaten run on day of high drama

5 February 2022

A dramatic afternoon ended in thrilling style as Amadou Bakayoko struck five minutes into added time to stretch Wanderers’ unbeaten run and keep them moving in the right direction.

After play had been suspended when referee Ross Joyce took both sides off the pitch following allegations of racial abuse directed at the Wanderers’ bench, the 10-man Whites grabbed a precious point.

Joyce – who had earlier dismissed Wanderers’ captain Ricardo Almeida Santos for a hotly-disputed handball decision – allowed an extra 10 minutes following a brief period for the players to warm up.

And it was Ian Evatt’s men who caught fire with Bakayoko pouncing to make it two goals in two games to cancel out a 73rd-minute Cole Stockton goal as never-say-die Wanderers made it five games without defeat amid chaotic scenes in a record crowd at the Mazuma Stadium.

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Despite the extension of the Whites’ winning run in mid-week, there were a couple of changes to the starting line-up as Kieran Lee returned and there was also an opportunity for Will Aimson in place of Gethin Jones – not risked two stops into an eight-game month.

Wanderers also had to alter their approach in a near wind tunnel which made passing football difficult.

There was more of an emphasis on moving the ball early towards the front men, although when the chance arose to play, Evatt’s men took it.

One such move instigated from the back by Declan John found Lee to tee up MJ Williams for a fierce drive which flew just over the bar.

Dion Charles and Dapo Afolayan worked Morecambe’s back line in typical fashion and John forced debutant keeper Adam Smith into a scrambling save.

But the Shrimps also had their moments as they looked to keep climbing away from relegation trouble.

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Their push has been spearheaded by Stockton and the 20-goal leading scorer twice threatened before the break, steering a shot just wide on the turn before seeing another effort blocked in front of goal.

With Wanderers looking to benefit from the wind behind them in the second half, Evatt sent on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson at the break to add a more physical presence up front.

The Whites were attacking another sold-out away end but it remained tough going.

And Morecambe – on the back of decent run of just two defeats in six games – again had openings with Anthony O’Connor shooting at Trafford, who then showed excellent handling to keep out an Adam Phillips’ free-kick.

But that was nothing on the save the teenager then made to keep out a penalty given in controversial circumstances as Ricardo Almeida was sent off with 20 minutes to go.

A shot from Jonah Ayunga appeared to hit the Wanderers’ skipper on the shoulder but, after a short delay, Joyce pointed to the spot and showed Santos red.

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Trafford made a superb save to deny Stockton and extend his clean sheet record but three minutes later he was finally beaten.

Missing Santos at the back, Wanderers were caught out on the break and when Phillips crossed for Stockton, the striker made amends by side-footing home.

Things then got heated with an object apparently thrown towards the Morecambe goalkeeper and after comments directed towards the Wanderers’ bench led to the referee taking the teams off, Evatt’s men geared themselves up for one final push.

And it with 10 minutes added on and Williams driving the side forward alongside debutant Kyle Dempsey, the late pressure paid off.

Williams' pass for John saw the wing-back gallop forward and cross low into the box, where Bakayoko pounced on a defensive block before firing home from eight yards to spark joyous scenes among the Wanderers’ fans as the unbeaten run goes on.

Wanderers: Trafford; Aimson, Almeida Santos, Johnston; Fossey, Williams, Morley, John; Lee (Bodvarsson HT); Afolayan (Dempsey 66), Charles (Bakayoko 78). Substitutes: Dixon, Bakayoko, Sadlier, Thomason, Baptiste.

Booked: Johnston

Sent off: Santos

Morecambe: Smith; McLaughlin, O’Connor, Bedeau, Leigh; Diagouraga; McLoughlin, Phillips (Fane 85); Ayunga, Stockton, Gnahoua. Substitutes: Mendes, Connolly, Obika, Cooney, McCalmont, Bennett.

Booked:

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 5,617 (1,757 Wanderers)

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Ticket News

Morecambe Tickets Sold Out

18 January 2022

Wanderers have sold out of their full allocation of tickets for the trip to Morecambe on Saturday 5 February.

With just under 1,700 tickets for the Sky Bet League One encounter going on sale just this (Tuesday) morning, we can confirm that they have all been snapped up in under three hours.

Thank you once again for your tremendous support. 

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