Up Next: Morecambe v Oxford United

James Constable.
James Constable.

Promotion-chasing Oxford United are the visitors the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Manager

Mickey Lewis.

Caretaker boss took over when Chris Wilder departed for Northampton. Oxford lost for the first time in his six games in charge 3-2 at Newport on Tuesday night. Despite taking his side into the automatic promotion places Lewis has played down talk of him being offered the job on a permanent basis.

Key Man

James Constable.

Ten-goal striker is just one part of a wealth of attacking talent at Lewis’ disposal. He can also call on Deane Smalley, who has nine goals this season, as well of the experience of Dave Kitson and David Connolly. Connolly, now 36, joined the Us in a deadline day loan move from League 2 rivals Portsmouth.

Form

On paper the game looks a daunting task for the Shrimps. The 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on February 8 set a new club record with Oxford going 16 league away games without defeat - a record ended at Newport. The defeat at Rodney Parade was also a first defeat in nine for the promotion-chasing Us who are currently third in League 2.

History

Shrimps have won just one of the 10 meetings between the sides in league and cup, a 2-1 victory at the Kassam Stadium back in March 2012. Shrimps have come out on the wrong end of some heavy scorelines in the past too, with Oxford winning 3-0 on four occasions and 4-0 once. One of the 3-0 reverses came back in November with Jim Bentley’s side hoping for better fortunes this time around.

Possible line-up

Clarke, Bevans, Lynn, Wroe, Hunt, Mullins, Smalley, Rose, Constable, Kitson, Connolly.