Reporter Adam Lord takes a closer look at Morecambe’s 2-0 win at Wycombe on Saturday.
Differing fortunes for two key men
It was a particularly big day for two Morecambe players on Saturday.
Captain Peter Murphy returned to his former club while Barry Roche lined up for his 300th game between the sticks for The Shrimps in League 2.
For Roche it was a day to remember as he put in a fine display, helping his side to a clean sheet and an excellent 2-0 win over high-flying Wycombe.
For Murphy it was a different story sadly. Eager to impress the combative midfielder had already been booked before launching into what looked from a distance like a risky challenge just 12 minutes in.
The tackle was the least of the skipper’s concerns however as he picked up an apparent cruciate knee ligament injury.
After battling back from a medial ligament problem, picked up on the opening day at Hartlepool, his return was then delayed by a potentially fatal blood clot.
Just six games into his comeback this is a hammer blow for player and club and quite simply your heart goes out to a man who hasn’t had chance to prove himself at his new club.
Get well soon Peter.
Jamie Devitt can be Shrimps’ destroyer
A good day for Morecambe is usually a good day for Jamie Devitt and that was certainly the case again on Saturday.
Playing in his preferred central role in what looks a well-balanced front four the former Hull man really pulled the strings at times.
It is clear for one that he is developing a real understanding with Shaun Miller who had another fine day leading the line himself as he made it two goals in two games having not scored since the end of October.
One thing that should also be noted is Devitt’s industry. It’s not a quality often talked about but it was certainly in evidence on Saturday as The Shrimps worked their socks off for a big win.
Victory built on grit and endeavour
Devitt’s tracking back was just one part of a thoroughly solid Shrimps display.
Most of Morecambe’s away wins this season have been dominated by scintillating counter attacking play.
This was not one of those days as Bentley’s men, and Wycombe, battled to play any flowing football in dreadful conditions at Adams Park.
In truth, it was an utterly forgettable spectacle at times but it was good to see a different side to a Shrimps side who, while impressing going forwards, have leaked goals far too easily this season.
Bentley spoke post-match of working on things defensively from back to front in the week running up the game and that was clear to see.