Date: 2nd January 2016 at 5:17pm
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Morecambe have a poor record against Wycombe – the only time they have ever beaten them was last season, when their victory at Adams Park right at the end of the campaign threw a big spanner in the works as far as the Chairboys` promotion push was concerned. Normal Service has been resumed subsequently though and Gareth Ainsworth`s team had already beaten the Shrimps in League Two way back in August.
It didn`t start well for the visitors. Captain Peter Murphy – booked after just five minutes – was taken-off with what appears to be another serious knee injury just ten minutes later. If this turns out to be the case, Murphy`s season is effectively already over. He picked-up initial long-term knee damage against Hartlepool in the first game of the season which led to blood clots and a potentially fatal subsequent pulmonary embolism last November. So let`s all hope that he is a bit luckier this time around for his own sake at least.
The first half was one of few chances and the nearest anyone came to a goal is when ex-Morecambe hero Garry Thompson hit the post with a close-range shot after almost forty minutes. In the second half, however, the Shrimps went ahead with just nine minutes played when Kevin Ellison`s cross was turned past Matt Ingram by Shaun Miller`s knee to log his second goal in two games and his own tally to eight for the season so far. Wanderers pressed forward from this point on but the visitors broke quickly and cleverly on the break. With less than eight minutes of ordinary time left to play, Aaron Wildig managed to wriggle between and beyond Wycombe`s twin central defenders and Ingram brought him down. The referee awarded a penalty and – possibly harshly – sent the goalkeeper off. This meant that one of Wycombe`s full-backs had to go in goal as the home side had already made all their substitutions. He was unable to keep out Jamie Devitt`s spot-kick though and this time – unlike last week in Nottingham – the Shrimps held on to their 0-2 lead. To win at high-flying Wycombe and come home with a clean sheet are tremendous achievements. Better still, Jim Bentley has turned the tables on a Manager who got the better of him last August. The win propels Morecambe to thirteenth in the table: Wycombe, meanwhile, fall to sixth.
Ref: Andy Davies