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Match preview: Sunderland v Morecambe

7 December 2021

The Shrimps are back on the road when they travel to Sunderland on Tuesday 7 November in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe come into the game in high spirits after reaching the third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday when they knocked out Northern Premier League side Buxton. Cole Stockton’s strike just before the half-hour mark proved the difference between the two teams at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium. 
The two sides have faced each other twice before, but only in cup competitions. Sunderland were victorious in both clashes- first they won 2-0 in the League Cup back in 2012 before they beat the Shrimps 1-0 in the Football League Trophy three years ago. This will be the first time the two teams have met in a league match.
The Opposition
Form Guide
The Black Cats occupy one of the Play-Off places at present and are two points off Rotherham United in top spot. Sunderland have won two of their last five league games, against Cambridge United and Ipswich Town respectively. They have lost the other two and drawn one which was against Oxford United on Saturday.
As a player, manager Lee Johnson played for a number of clubs including Yeovil Town and Bristol City, and was also was capped five times for England C. At 31, he was appointed manager of Oldham Athletic in the same league as Yeovil Town who were managed by his father Gary Johnson at the time.
He was appointed Barnsley manager in February 2015 and led the club to the Football League Trophy final during the year he spent at Oakwell. He then joined Bristol City who he kept up after joining in February. Johnson went on to lead the club to the Semi-Finals of the League Cup, defeating Manchester United on the way and the following season, guided them to an eighth place finish in the Championship. Johnson was relieved of his duties after a poor run and took the Sunderland job in December 2020. He won the EFL Trophy with them in March this year and will endeavour to get the club promoted back to the Sky Bet Championship.
Sunderland’s key players
Current top scorer Ross Stewart has 10 goals to his name so far this season. The Scotsman made the move to Sunderland in the Summer from Ross County where he won the Scottish Championship. The 25-year-old first played senior football for Albion Rovers and then joined St Mirren.
Attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard started his career in the youth setup at West Ham United before moving to Tottenham Hotspur where he signed his first professional contract. He went out on loan to a number of clubs including Brentford and West Brom before signing for Norwich City for an undisclosed fee. Pritchard scored seven goals during his time with the Canaries and joined Huddersfield Town in January 2018 where he went on to make 80 appearances before signing for Sunderland in the summer. The 28-year-old has scored one goal so far this campaign and has contributed with an impressive six assists.
28-year-old Aiden O’Brien progressed through the youth team at Millwall and made nearly 200 appearances for the South London club, scoring 34 goals. The forward enjoyed a number of loan spells during his time at the Den. The Republic of Ireland international was released and signed for Sunderland in Summer 2020. This season, O’Brien has found the back of the net five times so far.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts
Boss Stephen Robinson said that the Shrimps aren’t frightened of anyone in the division.
“We are not frightened of anyone in this division, for me there is no one that has come and rolled us over, granted the scoreline against MK Dons suggests that, but the performance didn’t,” he said. 
“We won’t play any differently because we are going to the Stadium of Light, sometimes it is what you do on the ball rather than what you do off it, we have shown already this season that we can perform against some of the best sides in this division and Tuesday night will be no different.
“You have to embrace a game like Tuesday night, the size of the stadium, the crowd and the history of the football club, for Morecambe this is another game for the memory bank because it is probably a ground that they have never been to.”
Meet the men in black
Ollie Yates will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. The Staffordshire-based official will be assisted by linesmen Christopher Ward and Ivan Stankovic, Matthew Dicicco will be the fourth official.
Yates has taken charge of 11 games this season and has awarded 39 yellow cards and one red. He last refereed the Shrimps last season when they faced Harrogate Town at home when Aaron Wildig scored the only goal of the game.
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Joining host Dave Salmon is the club’s media assistant Matt Smith, audio passes are available from as little as £2.50 per match, £4.49 for a monthly pass or £45 for a season pass.
As well as full match commentary, the ‘Shrimps Verdict’ podcast will be available post-match, featuring online, on demand content, including audio match highlights, post-match interviews and reaction, and the chance for supporters to have their say.

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Match Reports

Report: Sunderland AFC 5-0 Shrimps

7 December 2021

Sunderland AFC 5-0 Morecambe
Tuesday 7 December
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Stadium of Light 
Sky Bet League One 
Attendance: 26,516

A clinical attacking display from from Sunderland saw Stephen Robinson’s side fall to a 5-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light. 

In what was a comfortable victory for Lee Johnson’s side, the hosts dominated large parts of the game, with goals from Nathan Broadhead, Ross Stewart, Alex Pritchard and Leon Dajaku.

Sunderland took the lead on 13 minutes as Gooch played a low ball into the area to Ross Stewart who finished from five yards for his 11th goal of the season. 

The home side doubled their lead five minutes later as Gooch again found space to cross into the box for an unmarked Nathan Broadhead to head home. 

Morecambe almost found a way back into the game through Aaron Wildig who squandered the Shrimps’ best chance of the night, firing over from six yards. The midfielder timed his run at the back post perfectly to meet Alfie McCalmont’s inch-perfect cross, but saw his half-volley clear the crossbar from close range. 

Minutes later Greg Leigh played a ball across the box for Cole Stockton to tap in from six yards, but the League One top scorer was pulled back for offside. 

Despite Morecambe threatening on the break, a clinical Sunderland continued to dominate possession. Gooch regularly caused the Shrimps’ defence problems down the left and forced Kyle Letheren into a good save shortly before half-time to keep the deficit at two. 

Half-time: Sunderland 2-0 Morecambe

The Shrimps came out strong in the second half and showed glimpses of quality in the early exchanges. Robinson’s side went close through substitute Toumani Diagouraga who met Stockton’s ball across the box, but his first-time effort was just wide of the post. 

Stockton threatened minutes later but saw his effort from the edge of the area blocked, before Sunderland added a third. As Daniel Neil broke down the right, he cut the ball back for Alex Pritchard whose first-time shot from inside the area beat Letheren. 

It wasn’t long before Lee Johnson’s side added a fourth and Broadhead added his second. Twisting and turning in the box, the striker found space to get his shot away, firing low into the bottom corner. 

Stockton again went close again for the Shrimps minutes later, but his low, curling effort was just wide of the post. 

With a few minutes left on the clock, Sunderland added a fifth as Leon Dajaku cut inside from the right before shooting with his left. His effort took a huge deflection and Letheren could only watch as the ball bounced in off the underside of the crossbar. 

Full-time: Sunderland 5-0 Morecambe

Sunderland AFC: Hoffmann, Flanagan, Doyle, Dajaku, Broadhead (Kimpioka 75’), Gooch, Stewart (O’Brien 75’), Winchester (Embleton 58’), Pritchard, Neil, Wright (c)

Subs not used: Patterson, Alves, Younger, Dunne,

Goals: Stewart 13’, Broadhead 17’, 68’, Pritchard 56’, Dajaku 87’ 

Bookings: None

Red cards: None

Morecambe: Letheren, McLaughlin, Leigh, O’Connor (c), Jones (Diagouraga 46’), Stockton, Wildig (Phillips 64’), Delaney, Ayunga, McCalmont, Gnahoua (Duffus 46’)

Subs not used: Andrésson, McDonald, Cooney, Wootton

Goals: None

Bookings: Ayunga 71’ 

Red cards: None


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Ticket News

Sunderland AFC (A) ticket details

30 November 2021

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Sunderland AFC.

Sunderland AFC v Morecambe 
Stadium of Light
Tuesday 7 December 2021

Kick Off: 19:45 pm

Tickets are available in the Carling Stand Upper Tier 3 (seated).

This is an ‘all-ticket’ event.

No ticket sales will be available on the day and all U14s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tickets will remain on sale until 5pm Monday 6 December 2021.

Prices for the fixture are listed below. 


Adult: £21

65+: £17

Under 22: £12

Under 16: £8

Fans must purchase tickets in advance of the fixture, there will be no ticket sales on the day.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Morecambe FC Club Shop, online or over the phone.

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