Date: 3rd March 2015 at 9:59pm
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Manager Jim Bentley rang the changes on Tuesday night at the Kassam Stadium following a poor display at home by his Morecambe team on Saturday against Cambridge United, when they lost 0-2. Alex Kenyon, Ryan Williams and Alan Goodall were dropped to the bench to join newly-signed reserve goalkeeper Tom Stewart, who sat there for the first time in an away game for the Shrimps.
The changes seemed to have an immediate impact and it was no surprise when Kevin Ellison scored his fiftieth goal for the Lancashire club, netting from close range after Oxford custodian Clarke had failed to deal properly with a Jack Redshaw attempt on goal. The nearest the home team came to equalising in the first half was when a Josh Ruffels header hit the Morecambe bar after 40 minutes but bounced harmlessly away.
After an hour or so of the game, the floodlights failed on one side of the ground but Oxford at least continued to play very much in the dark, failing to seriously test Andreas Arestidou in the visitors` goal for most of the second half. With just two minutes left to play, however, full-back George Baldock found himself unchallenged in the Shrimps` penalty area and cleverly lofted the ball over Arestidou to claim a point for United. It could have got better for Oxford. Right at the death, a combination of desperate defence and a clearance off the line followed by an excellent save from the visiting goalkeeper ensured that Morecambe hung on to a point.
At the end of the match, the Shrimps remained in 12th place in League Two. Although he must have pleased with the changes he made tonight, Manager Bentley must be concerned by the way Morecambe failed to concentrate for 90 minutes for the nth time this season – something he has found consistently frustrating in recent times. His Oxford counterpart Michael Appleton will be pleased to avoid a Morecambe double over his side this season and probably grateful for a share of the spoils. United stayed in 19th position, just five points clear of the drop zone.
Ref: Fred Graham