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Match preview: Morecambe v Preston North End

23 August 2021

The Shrimps host Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End at the Mazuma Stadium in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

Stephen Robinson’s side overcame fellow Lancashire side Blackburn Rovers in Round One, thanks to goals from Cole Stockton and Burnley-loanee Adam Phillips.

Frankie McAvoy’s side triumphed over Mansfield Town in the last round by three goals to nil, with goals coming from Emil Riis Jakobsen and a Scott Sinclair brace.

The two sides have crossed paths only five times before, with the Shrimps winning one and losing four. Three of the meetings came in the League Cup with the other two meetings in the Johnstones Paint Trophy.

The Opposition

Form guide

The visitors haven’t enjoyed a great start to the 2021/22 campaign, with their only league win coming at the weekend against Championship newcomers Peterborough United. Before Saturday, the Lilywhites lost three league games on the bounce.

In 2020/21, the East Lancashire side finished 13th in the Sky Bet Championship on 61 points, without any real chance of reaching the play-offs or danger of relegation.

McAvoy took charge of North End on an interim basis March 2021 after former manager Alex Neil was relieved of his duties. Since winning five of his last eight games of the 2020/21 season, the former first-team coach was given the job full time at the end of the season.

Frankie McAvoy’s pre-match thoughts

Speaking ahead of the clash, North End boss McAvoy said irrespective of the team he fields, his side will be going all out to progress into Round Three.

“We will try and put out the strongest team we can field to go and win the game, though we have to be mindful of the players we have missing and the likes of Pat who is coming back from a long-term injury and any others who picked up little knocks at the weekend,” he said.

“They are very well organised, they have a good manager and he has his team well structured and difficult to beat.

“They managed to beat Blackburn in the last round and they are at home this time, but we will obviously be going there to win the game.”

McAvoy also confirmed that he will be without three key players due to isolation.

“There’s nothing new to report at the moment but we’ve still got Liam Lindsay, Ched Evans and Alan Browne isolating so they won’t be involved,” he added.

North End’s key players

Midfielder Ryan Ledson enjoyed a strong campaign last year and was duly rewarded with the illustrious fans’ Player of the Year award as well as the Players’ Player of the Year award. The 24-year-old made 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing five assists from midfield. In addition, the former Everton youth player has picked up the captain’s armband when required, proving himself as a leader on and off the pitch.

Experienced winger Scott Sinclair lead the goalscoring tally for North End last season, netting nine times in 40 appearances, as well as providing five assists. The 32-year-old signed for the club in January 2020 after spending four years north of the border with Celtic and quickly became a fans favourite.

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd made a total of 23 appearances last campaign, keeping seven clean sheets in the process. The 30-year-old, who has represented England at U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 level as well as making 14 Premier League appearances, spent two spells on-loan at North End before signing permanently in 2017. In that time, the 6ft 3 shot stopper has made a total of 193 appearances for the club, keeping a total of 57 clean sheets. 

Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts

Morecambe boss Stephen Robinson enjoyed a spell at Preston North End as a player, playing over 25 times for the Lilywhites and the 46-year-old is hoping his side can cause an upset against his former club, despite the East Lancashire side being favourites.

“We want to win the game first and foremost,” Robinson said.

“We’re going up against high level opposition, Preston should beat us and should beat us comfortably but that’s not always the way football works.

“We hope we’ll make it a very difficult evening for them, but this is a game we’ve got nothing to lose and it’s a game where, yes I’ll make a couple of changes, but not wholesale.

“It’s a game we’ve nothing to lose as I say, all the expectation is on Preston.

“With their budget and their fanbase and their level of player, then they’re expected to win, but hopefully we’ll make that very, very difficult.”  

Meet the men in black

Derbyshire-based James Oldham will take charge of the game, with Paul Newhouse and Paul Graham running the lines and Gary Hilton taking the position of fourth official.

Oldham has refereed four games so far this campaign and has issued a total of 23 yellow cards.

Last season, Oldham refereed a total of 29 games across Sky Bet League One, League Two, the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup and the Papa John’s Trophy. In those matches, he distributed a total of 83 yellow cards and four red cards.

He took charge of the Shrimps just once last season, in our 2-2 draw away at Stevenage on 6 February 2021.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 2-4 Preston North End

24 August 2021

Morecambe 2-4 Preston North End
Carabao Cup
The Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 24 August 2021
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Attendance: 4,334 (1,774 away)

A valiant display from the Shrimps see them put up a strong fight against Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End, but it untimely ends in defeat at the Mazuma Stadium.

A brace from Emil Riis Jakobsen, one from Ryan Ledson and one from full-back Sepp van den Berg helped the Lilywhites to a 4-2 victory in Round Two. 

Goals from Anthony O’Connor and Cole Stockton originally brought the home side back on level terms on the hour mark, but two goals in the remaining half an hour sealed the result for the visitors. 

It was Stephen Robinson’s men that had the first opportunity of the game, a short corner found Greg Leigh, the full-back cross was deep to the back post in the direction of Sam Lavelle who had made his way up from the back, but the central defender could not beat Declan Rudd in the PNE goal. 

From that save came the Lilywhites opening goal. 

A well-worked move down the Shrimps’ left side saw the ball eventually slipped through to Riis Jakobsen who slid the ball past the advancing Jokull Andresson in the Morecambe goal. 

The visitors made it two just after the hour mark, a long ball through the middle saw Riis Jakobsen, Lavelle and Andressen clash, the referee let the game proceed which left Riis Jakobsen with the easy Jon of passing the ball into an empty net. 

The hosts did get one back before the break, after Courtney Duffus was chopped down by Andrew Hughes, a free-kick from Leigh found its way to the back post, and there was O’Connor to nod home from close range. 

Half-time: Morecambe 1-2 Preston North End

Robinson men came out battling at the start of the second half with Duffus on the front foot from the get go. 

It was that man Duffus who had the first effort of the second, a rasping effort from the new man made sure Rudd was on his toes to make a decent save in the Preston goal. 

The comeback was complete for the hosts on the hour mark as Stockton found himself back on the scoresheet. 

A drilled ball into the feet of the number nine saw his delicate touch evade the backtracking defender before smashing the ball past Rudd. 

However, the home sides jubilation was cut short three minutes later, as Ledson’s 25-yard strike found the top-right corner of Andresson’s goal, leaving the Icelandic with no hope in the world. 

Frankie McAvoy’s men made it four with 10 minutes of the game remaining, a cross from the left found the right-back at the far post, and there he was to tap home and give the Lilywhites back their two-goal advantage. 

Morecambe did have the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time, but the assistant on the far side had his flag up to deny Stockton his second of the game. 

Full-time: Morecambe 2-4 Preston North End

Robinson’s men return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday, as we host Sheffield Wednesday at the Mazuma Stadium. 

Morecambe: Andresson, Leigh, O’Connor, Lavelle (c), Diagouraga, Stockton, McLoughlin (McPake 80’), Cooney, Gnahoua (McDonald 75’), McCalmont, Duffus (Phillips 80’). 

Subs not used: Roche, Jones, Mensah, Wootton. 

Goals: O’Connor 45’, Stockton 60’ 

Bookings: Duffus 39’ 

Red cards: None

Preston North End: Rudd, Van Den Berg, Cunningham, Johnson (c) (Bayliss 83’), Storey, Rafferty (Bauer 75’), Hughes, Ledson, Riis Jakobsen, Sinclair (Maguire 59’), Potts. 

Subs not used: Iverson, Leigh, Earl, Thomas. 

Goals: Riis Jakobsen 8’, 33’, Ledson 64’, Van Den Berg 79’ 

Bookings: Hughes 45’, Ledson 55’, Van Den Berg 90’

Red cards: None

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Ticket News

Update on Preston North End Carabao Cup clash

20 August 2021

Our Carabao Cup clash against Preston North End on Tuesday 24 August has now been designated an ALL-TICKET event.

No tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game.

This is due to Preston North End today informing us that they have sold out their away allocation.

Morecambe v Preston North End
Carabao Cup
Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 24 August 2021
Kick Off: 7:45pm

Season tickets are not valid for this fixture, and all spectators must be in possession of a match ticket, or match e-ticket.

Home tickets are currently general sale, with limited availability in both seated and standing areas.

Fans must purchase tickets by 5pm on Monday 23 August.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Morecambe FC Club Shop or online. Please note that phone lines are incredibly busy and staff will be dealing with in person enquiries in the first instance, so we would highly recommend supporters purchase their tickets via our online ticket website.

We have a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, please contact the club shop directly to purchase these spaces along with carer tickets.

Tickets in the away stands have now sold out.

Any visiting supporters found in home areas will be ejected from the stadium for breaching Ground Regulations. Any home fans purchasing tickets in the home areas of the stadium for away supporters may face further action from Morecambe Football Club and we would ask everyone to bear this in mind when buying extra tickets.

The club will be communicating with Preston North End to cross reference any new supporters who have purchased tickets in the home end to make sure that they are not away supporters.

Should we find that any away supporters have purchased tickets in the home areas of the ground, these tickets will be cancelled and will not work with the automated turnstile system.

The club would like to thank supporters for their understanding and co-operation as we prepare for this exciting fixture.

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