Adam Lord takes a closer look at Morecambe’s 2-1 win at Newport County on Saturday.
Sometimes winning is all that matters
It’s too much to ask a team of Morecambe’s relative size and reputation to win playing fine football week in, week out. In recent weeks they’ve showed some real rhythm and promise going forwards and scored some stunning goals. Saturday was not of the same ilk but when all is said and done that’s fine every once in a while. I will hold my hand up and say that I had reservations ahead of the trip to Wales on Saturday. The Shrimps were flying and Newport struggling but too often in recent years it was the kind of game Morecambe haven’t won. This time, they were far from their best but still got the job done, which is surely a positive sign. It was a day where all that mattered was the result, and picking up a fourth straight win in all competitions means there’s some real momentum building up at the Globe Arena.
Could penalty woes be at an end?
He may not have been on the field long, but Paul Mullin showed some impressive qualities as he converted Morecambe’s winner at Rodney Parade. The Shrimps had plenty of problems from the penalty spot last season but the striker hinted they might be a thing of the past as he confidently sent Joe Day the wrong way in stoppage time. The 20-year-old can perhaps count himself lucky not to have started on Saturday. Shaun Miller struggled and was replaced at half-time as Mullin battles with the former Coventry man for the central striking berth. The good news for The Shrimps is that it is far from the only battle going on for a starting place.
Barry looks back to his best
Barry Roche looked it fine fettle as he kept Morecambe in the game against Newport on Saturday. Many, including Roche himself, feared how he would return after a first major injury, but he looked sharp and mobile at Rodney Parade as The Shrimps made a sluggish start defensively. Bentley found fine replacements last season in the likes of Scott Davies and Danny Ward but don’t underestimate what a difference it could make to have a settled number one this season. The Shrimps boss’ only concern in recent weeks has been with some sloppy defensive play and there were signs of that again on Saturday. As far as Roche goes, it’s so far, so good, though.
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