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Match preview: Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday

27 August 2021

The Shrimps host former Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at the Mazuma Stadium for another exciting Sky Bet League One fixture.

Stephen Robinson’s reds head into the fixture on the back of an impressive display, despite defeat, against Preston North End in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.  

The Owls, managed by former West Brom chief Darren Moore, find themselves unbeaten in the league so far, and sit at the top of the league as a result on 10 points.

Both sides have only played each other once before, on 13 November 2011 in the FA Cup. In what was a fiercely fought tie at the Globe Arena, it was then manager Gary Megson’s side that claimed victory by two goals to one.

The Opposition 

Form guide

Having been relegated on the final day of last season, the South Yorkshire side understandably are keen to escape the division at the first time of asking, and they couldn’t really have started in better fashion.

Other than an opening day draw away to Charlton Athletic, Moore’s men have gone on to claim maximum points in their following three games against Doncaster Rovers, Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United respectively. After four league games, the Owls have scored five and conceded none.

Darren Moore took up the Hillsborough hotseat in March 2021, his third full time managerial position following stints at West Brom and Doncaster Rovers. Since joining the club 178 days ago, the 47-year-old has taken charge of 19 matches and has won six, drawn five and lost eight, giving him a points-per-match average of 1.21. 

Callum Paterson’s pre-match thoughts

Scottish international striker Callum Paterson, who signed for the Owls in September 2020, admits that his side will be working hard ahead of their visit to the Mazuma Stadium.

Speaking to their official club website, he said: “It’s always nice to go to a new ground and play a new team and hopefully we can come back with three points.

“We’ve had a good start but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We will keep doing what we have been doing, working hard in training, doing our work tactically and all the video work.

“We do a lot of defensive work, the strikers work hard at the top and that makes it easier for the defenders. We have the togetherness of the team and that’s really important.”

Wednesday’s key players

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell joined the club on a season-long loan from Premier League side Burnley in July and has made an excellent start to his Hillsborough career. The 24-year-old, who is also a regular international for Northern Ireland, has played all five games so far this season and has kept five clean sheets, only conceding in a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Huddersfield United in Round One of the Carabao Cup.

Club captain Barry Bannan brings a wealth of experience to this Wednesday side, having racked up 446 career appearances to date, scoring 28 goals and providing 64 assists. Furthermore, the 31-year-old made 27 first team appearances for his native Scotland. Bannan is a firm fans favourite at Wednesday and, since arriving in August 2015, has gone on to score 14 goals and provide 39 assists in 263 appearances for the club.

Summer signing Lee Gregory arrived at the club in August and has made an impressive start for the Owls, scoring two goals in his three League One appearances so far. The 33-year-old spent a large chunk of his playing career at at Millwall, making 238 appearances and scoring 76 goals and providing 28 assists for the London club.

Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts

Ahead of the game, manager Stephen Robinson admits that, despite expecting a tough challenge at the weekend, it’s one that the club looks forward to.

“That’s what we’re here for,” Robinson said.

“All that hard work last season and to get into this level of football, these are the games fans want to come to.

“You seen the atmosphere on Tuesday night, it’ll be another full house on Saturday and we’re really looking forward to it.

“Make no mistake, it’s a tough, tough challenge, they’ve not conceded a goal yet but hopefully we aim to change that.”

Meet the men in black

Cumbria-based Anthony Backhouse will take charge of Saturday’s fixture with Mark Cunliffe and Matthew Parry running the line and Ivan Stankovic taking the role as the Fourth Official.

Backhouse has taken charge of five games so far this season, two in League One, one in League Two and two in the Carabao Cup. Out of those games, he has issued a total of 21 yellow cards.

The official took charge of the Shrimps on two occasions last year, including our 4-0 home win over Manchester United U21’s in the Papa John’s Trophy as well as our 1-0 away defeat at Mansfield Town.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

28 August 2021

Morecambe 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Sky Bet League One
The Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 28 August 2021
Kick-off: 3:00pm
Attendance: 5,481 (1,776 away)

The Shrimps walked away with three points on home soil after sealing a 1-0 win over much fancied Sheffield Wednesday, in-front of record breaking attendance at the Mazuma Stadium. 

An own goal from Dennis Adeniran was the difference as 5,481 fans made their voice heard as Stephen Robinson’s men sealed their second win of the Sky Bet League One season. 

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts after Shane McLouglin was fouled by George Byers, 20-yards from goal. 

Striker Cole Stockton decided he was the man for job, and expertly guided his set-piece under the Wednesday wall, but goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was equal to his effort. 

On the 14th minute, a tremendous sliding tackle from Sam Lavelle ensured that the scores remained level, thwarting Lee Gregory. 

The visitors came again five minutes later, as Jaden Brown’s effort flashed across Jokull Andresson’s goalmouth, luckily for the home side there was no one there to apply the finishing touch. 

The Owls were pressing for an opener and came close on the 26th minute, a cross from Jack Hunt ended up striking the crossbar before going out for a goal-kick. 

Just before the half-time whistle, Gregory had a golden chance to send Darren Moore’s men in a goal-up at the break, but the striker could not glance his header on target. 

Half-time: Morecambe 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Four minutes after the break, Wednesday came close again. This time an effort from George Byers  rattled the right post of Andresson’s goal. 

On the 53rd minute, the Owls were in again, a through ball found Brown who had continued his darting run into the box, but an outstanding one-on-one save from Andresson kept the scores on level terms. 

It was starting to turn into the Andresson show as the big man from Iceland was at it again just moments later, a fantastic save from the keeper denied Gregory his third goal of the season. 

However, that Wednesday pressure would be in vein as Stephen Robinson’s men opened the scoring just after the hour mark. 

An in-swinging corner from Adam Phillips cannoned off Adeniran and into his own net, a huge goal roared home by a record attendance at the Mazuma Stadium. 

With the minutes ticking down, two efforts from Stockton and Gnahoua could not find the mark. 

An unbelievable day in-front of a record crowd at the Mazuma Stadium, Saturday’s don’t get much better than that. 

Full-time: Morecambe 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Morecambe: Andresson, Leigh (Gibson 79’), O’Connor, Lavelle (c), Cooney, Diagouraga, McLoughlin, McCalmont (Phillips 57’), Gnahoua, Stockton, Duffus (Delaney 60’). 

Subs not used: Letheren, McDonald, Wildig, Wootton. 

Goals: Adeniran (OG 64’) 

Bookings: McLoughlin 12’ 

Red Cards: None

Sheffield Wednesday: Peacock-Farrell, Palmer, Brown (Corbeanu 66’), Ifora, Adeniran (Wing 74’), Gregory, Bannan (c), Paterson (Kamberi 66’), Byers, Johnson, Hunt. 

Subs not used: Wildsmith, Dele-Bashiru, Brennan, Sow. 

Goals: None

Bookings: Byers 5’, Brown 21'

Red Cards: None

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Ticket News

Sheffield Wednesday (H) ticket details

19 August 2021

Our Sky Bet League One clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 28 August will be an ALL-TICKET event.

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

We expect this game to sell out, so urge supporters to purchase their ticket online via our ticket website.

Morecambe v Sheffield Wednesday
Sky Bet League One
Mazuma Stadium
Saturday 28 August 2021
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Season ticket holders are guaranteed their place and will just present their season ticket at the turnstiles as usual.

All other home tickets will go on general sale at 1pm on Friday 20 August.

There will be limited availability in both seated and standing areas.

Normal EFL matchday ticket prices apply for this fixture.

Fans must purchase tickets by 5pm on Friday 27 August, or until sold out, whichever is earlier.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Morecambe FC Club Shop, online or over the phone. 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 have been provided to Sheffield Wednesday for their supporters, and further details on how to buy these are available direct on Sheffield Wednesday’s website.

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 Sheffield Wednesday 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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