Preview: Morecambe v Tranmere

Shaun Beeley in action against Tranmere earlier in the season.
Shaun Beeley in action against Tranmere earlier in the season.
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Morecambe welcome struggling Tranmere to the resort for the first time this Saturday, January 10, a 3pm kick-off.

Manager

Micky Adams

Experienced Football League boss, now 53, took the helm following Rob Edwards’ departure in October. Former Port Vale, Sheffield United, Coventry and Leicester boss is tasked with keeping Rovers in League 2 after their relegation from League 1 last season.

Key Man

Max Power

Promising midfielder is the club’s top scorer with seven goals in all competitions. Such is his influence on the side the 21-year-old has been handed the captain’s armband when skipper Marcus Holness has been missing through injury this season. Able to both defend and attack, Power is reportedly attracting the interest of clubs such as Scottish giants Celtic.

Form

Rovers find themselves in the bottom two ahead of their trip to the Globe Arena on Saturday. Form is patchy but have won three out of their last five in League 2, victories over Northampton, Dagenham & Redbridge and Portsmouth, and results have been on the up since Adams took charge of the club. Exited the FA Cup last time out with a 6-2 defeat at home to Premier League side Swansea in the third round.

History

The sides have only ever met three times, twice in the Football League Trophy with their first league meeting coming at Prenton Park at the end of August. Mark Hughes’ goal gave the Shrimps a first-half lead before the captain was sent off, Tranmere coming back to win 2-1 with Cole Stockton scoring twice, his late winner sealing victory. It was a result that ended Morecambe’s 100 per cent start to the season.

Possible line-up

Williams, Donacien, Holness, Thompson, Ihiekwe, Holmes, Power, Jennings, Laird, Fenelon, Stockton.