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PREVIEW: MORECAMBE

15 November 2019

SCENE SETTER

Reds will be looking for their first League win in five when we entertain bottom of the table Morecambe on Saturday. The Shrimps are level on points with Stevenage and won their last League match, 1-0 at home to Leyton Orient. 

ALL CHANGE AT THE GLOBE

Jim Bentley had been in charge of Morecambe since 2011 when he left the club earlier this month to join AFC Fylde. His replacement is Derek Adams, the Scot who guided Plymouth to the play-offs and then promotion to League One in successive seasons before leaving the club at the end of last season. Adams watched last Saturday's 4-1 FA Cup loss to Blackpool from the stands but was in charge on Tuesday when they came from behind to beat Carlisle 3-1 in the Leasing.com Trophy. Senior pros Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison had been in caretaker charge prior to Adams' arrival. 

Although they are bottom of the table, Morecambe have a better away record than at home with seven of their 13 points coming on their travels. 

GABY'S THOUGHTS

"Even before their change of manager, Morecambe for me is always a tough, tough fixture. They have a squad with a strong mentality and now a manager who has taken Plymouth to promotion from League 2 and is someone who knows this division very well. They had a good result in the Leasing.com Trophy on Tuesday so we are expecting a tough game. We will need to be at our best to get a result."

GOAL THREAT

Lewis Allesandra is Morecambe's top scorer with five goals. He joined the club in the summer from Notts County. Shaun Miller is in his second spell at the Globe Arena, having had a brief loan spell at Crawley in 2014 when he was a Coventry City player.

GOALS GUARANTEED?

Morecambe and Reds, along with Carlisle, have the leakiest defence in League 2 with 29 goals conceded so far. Only two teams have scored fewer than Morecambe's 15 so far. 

INJURY UPDATE

George Francomb is suspended for the game after his red card against Oxford. Ollie Palmer, Josh Doherty and Gyliano van Velzen are all on the treatment table and it remains to be seen whether they will be involved tomorrow. Midfielder Rhys Oates is a long-term injury absentee for Morecambe.

PAST MEETINGS

Morecambe’s 2-0 defeat in September 2018 in what was Gabriele Cioffi’s first game in charge was their first loss here in five league meetings. Three of those games were drawn and the Shrimpers also won 3-1 at The People’s Pension Stadium in February 2017 when they scored all three goals in the first 40 minutes.

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