Morecambe 2-1 Southend

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RETURNING striker Danny Carlton says he is relishing being back in first team action after playing a massive part in the Shrimps’ second successive win on Saturday.

Carlton linked up superbly once again with man of the match Jimmy Spencer in a new look Morecambe front line that seems to have injected a new lease of life into the Shrimps’ season.

Sammy McIlroy’s side carried on where they left off against Chesterfield seven days earlier and produced another excellent performance that was a million miles away from their abject defeat at Macclesfield a fortnight ago.

Carlton said: “I know all about Morecambe and they know all about me and I am really grateful to them for giving me the chance to show what I can do again after a couple of frustrating seasons.

“I’ve had a couple of bad injuries and not really had a run so to get another chance at Morecambe has been a real boost for me and I want to do all I can for them.

“It has been great to start the last two games and I hope I’ve played my part in those wins.

“I have linked up well with Jimmy Spencer and soon fitted into the system Morecambe play and am enjoying my football.

“We have played really well in the last two games against good teams and I hope we can keep this form up until the end of the season and finish as high as we can.’’

Morecambe started well and almost took the lead after just seven minutes when Spencer’s header, from Kevan Hurst’s left wing cross was well saved by Southend goalkeeper Rhys Evans low to his left hand side.

Moments later Carlton headed wide of the same upright following another dangerous cross from Hurst.

The Shrimps continued to hold the upper hand with Andy Fleming drilling a 25 yard half volley past the left post.

Paid

But the pressure paid off on 29 minutes when from a Hurst corner Chris McCready nipped in front of his marker to head past Evans from eight yards.

The Shrimps fully deserved their lead and almost doubled their advantage in the 35th minute when a inswinging free-kick from the left footed Wilson took a late deflection off Chris Barker just in front of goal before being brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Evans.

Southend were second best for much of the half but almost produced a shock equaliser on the stroke of half-time as a looping 20 yard volley from Louis Soares was superbly tipped on to the top of the bar by Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche.

The Shrimpers were level shortly after the restart when they were awarded the softest of penalties when Anthony Grant fell under the challenge of Hurst and the Barry Corr struck home the resulting penalty past Roche for his 16th goal of the season.

The goal gave Southend a lift and an excellent left wing cross from Ryan Hall was superbly diverted away from Grant at the back post by Wilson.

But Morecambe produced a fightback of their own as they regained the lead in the 63rd minute.

Chris Barker was perhaps harshly adjudged to have fouled Garry Hunter on the right wing and flank and Wilson’s resulting free kick was met by Stewart Drummond at the far post as he rose above Barker and head home from eight yards.

Morecambe continued to push forward and they went close to making it 3-1 in the 69th minute when a superb long range shot from Carlton struck the top of the crossbar.

Southend did come close to a second equaliser in injury time when when a 25 yard free-kick from Hall was deflected inches past the post but the Shrimps hung on to secure the double over the Shrimpers.

Morecambe: Roche 7; Parrish 7, Charnock 7, McCready 7, Wilson 7; Hurst 7, Drummond 7, Fleming 7, Hunter 7 (Brown 90), Wilson 7; Carlton 7, Spencer 8 (Jevons 86). Subs not used: Walker (GK), Wainwright, Capaldi, Hendrie, Holdsworth.

Booked: Hurst, Wilson.

Southend: Evans; Clohessy, Coughlan, Barker, Gilbert (Crawford 86); Grant, Easton, Hall, Soares (Sawyer 45), Sturrock (Asanti 78), Corr. Subs not used: Morris (GK), Comminges, Prosser, Woodyard.

Booked: Corr, Barker, Grant

Referee: S Sarginson

Star man: Jimmy Spencer.