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Match preview: Morecambe v Wigan Athletic

18 January 2022

The Shrimps return to action under the lights at the Mazuma Stadium on Tuesday 18 January when they face Wigan Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

In their last League outing, Morecambe earned a point away at AFC Wimbledon in a match which boss Stephen Robinson described as a ‘game of two halves’.
Despite chances for both sides, neither team could find a way to break the deadlock and the game ended goalless. 
The Opposition
Form guide
The Latics currently sit fourth in League One and will look to take advantage of one of their games in hand on Tuesday night. They head into the clash on the back of four consecutive wins, including a 3-2 victory over Championship club Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. The last time Leam Richardson’s men were defeated on the road in a League match was on the opening day of the season when they lost 2-1 at Sunderland. They will be backed by a sold out away end of 1,700 on Tuesday night.
As a player, Richardson spent the vast majority of his career in the North West. He came through the youth setup at Blackburn Rovers and went onto play for Bolton Wanderers, Notts County, Blackpool and finally Accrington Stanley, where he made over 130 appearances.
The right-back hung up his boots to become Caretaker Manager at Stanley in 2013 until Paul Cook was appointed Manager the following month. Richardson had another spell as caretaker boss and was then appointed permanent Manager before leaving Accrington to join Paul Cook as Assistant Manager at Chesterfield. The pair won promotion to League One with the Derbyshire club and did the same with Portsmouth.
In 2017, the two arrived at Wigan and won promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking. The Latics remained there for two seasons but fell into administration and were relegated after being handed a twelve point deduction.
Cook resigned and, after John Sheridan spent a short spell in charge, Richardson was appointed permenant Manager following a takeover the previous month. Richardson managed to steer Wigan clear of relegation to League Two and has enjoyed a successful first half of this season.
Key players
Joint top scorer Will Keane has 11 goals to his name so far this campaign. The 29-year-old started his career at Manchester United and had a number of loan spells, one of those at Wigan which was cut short due to an injury. In 2016, Keane signed for Hull City and spent time on loan at Ipswich Town before signing for the Tractor Boys on a permanent basis. He returned to the DW Stadium permanently in October 2020 and scored 11 goals for the club that season before signing a new two-year deal in June. As well as his 11 goals to-date this season, Keane has contributed with six assists.
Club captain Tendayi Darikwa came through the youth setup at Chesterfield and played a key role in their title-winning season under Paul Cook. He also helped them reach the League One Play-Off Semi Final the season after. The following summer, Darikwa joined Burnley on a three-year deal. The Zimbabwe international later joined Nottingham Forest before signing for Wigan just over a year ago. This season, the 30-year-old has contributed with two goals and two assists.
Callum Lang has also scored 11 times so far this season for Wigan. He joined the club as a youngster back in 2013 after starting his career at Liverpool. The 23-year-old is a former Shrimps loanee who helped the Club avoid relegation to the National League in 2018, contributing with 10 League goals for Morecambe. Lang has also spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic, Shrewsbury Town and Motherwell. The forward scored his first senior goal for the Latics just over a year ago and has committed his future to the Club up until the summer of 2025.
Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts 
Ahead of the game, Morecambe manager Stephen Robinson said his side doesn’t fear anyone.
“Looking at the calibre of the signings and money they [Wigan Athletic] are paying for them in terms of the quality they’ve added then yeah, they’ll be right up there all season,” he said.
“So it’s up to us to try and compete with that, it’s a difficult challenge but we don’t fear anybody here at all. 
“If we play our game and cement our game from the start and rule out the individual mistakes which we’ve made on occasions then we’ll be okay.”
Meet the men in the middle
West Riding-based official Samuel Barrott will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. He will be assisted by Ivan Stankovic and Graeme Fyvie. Michael Barlow will be the Fourth Official.
Barrott has taken charge of 23 games so far this season in League One, League Two and various cup competitions. He has awarded 88 yellow cards and zero red cards. 
Tuesday night will be the first time Barrott has refereed Morecambe this season. He last took charge of the Shrimps in September 2020 when they were beaten 2-1 by Rochdale in the Papa John’s Trophy. 
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Match Reports

Report: Shrimps 1-2 Wigan Athletic

18 January 2022

Morecambe 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Tuesday 18 January 
Kick-off: 7:45pm
The Mazuma Stadium
Sky Bet League One
Attendance: 5,259 (1,760 away)
Cole Stockton put the Shrimps ahead seven minutes in but the visitors found a leveller moments before the break through Will Keane and it was substitute Stephen Humphrys’ second-half header which meant the visitors took home all three points.
The Shrimps started the game on the front foot and had an early chance to take the lead when Arthur Gnahoua struck from the edge of the box however the Shrimps man couldn’t find the target. 
Morecambe’s pressure paid off in the 7th minute when Stockton put the shrimps ahead with his 19th goal of the season. 
Greg Leigh’s cross from the left caused chaos in the box and a Latics man made a crucial block before the ball fell to Stockton who smashed it into the net.
Wigan came close to finding a leveller in the 15th minute when Max Power’s right-footed corner was punched onto the bar by Shrimps’ stopper Trevor Carson. The Shrimps’ defence managed to steer the ball away from danger to keep their lead in tact.
Leam Richardson’s men came close to finding their equaliser just before the half-hour mark when Callum Lang raced through the Shrimps defence and forced Carson into a diving one-handed save to his left.
The Shrimps nearly doubled their lead when Leigh’s strike from the edge of the area deceived Ben Amos after a deflection and looked like sneaking into the far corner but the Latics’ ‘keeper managed to push the ball out for a corner.
Just before the break James McClean latched onto Lang’s cross but the Irishman sent his header sailing over the crossbar. 
It was in additional time when the visitors found the leveller. Skipper Tendayi Darikwa raced through on the left and found Will Keane in space who only had the ‘keeper to beat. The Latics’ top scorer slotted home to put Wigan back on level terms going into the break.
Half-time: Morecambe 1-1 Wigan Athletic
The Shrimps created an opportunity to regain their lead just after the break when Jonah Ayunga brought down a ball from Stockton at the far post but failed to beat Amos from close-range.
Stockton nearly grabbed his second goal in spectacular fashion 56 minutes in. The striker received the ball on the edge of the box and unleashed a curling effort which the Wigan stopper did well to keep out. 
Stephen Robinson was forced to make his first change just before the hour mark when Liam Gibson came on to replace the injured Leigh.
The ball somehow managed to stay out of the Morecambe net on 64 when Power’s free-kick caused mayhem. The ball was flicked on by Tom Naylor and bobbled around before it was cleared by the Shrimps’ defence.
The Latics took the lead less than ten minutes later when substitute Stephen Humphreys’ header was helped into the Morecambe net by a deflection.
Wigan’s advantage was nearly extended minutes later when Carson kept out Jacob Bedeau’s wayward backpass with his foot.
In the 80th minute referee Samuel Barrott denied calls for a handball inside the Wigan penalty area.
In the final dangers of the game the Shrimps continued to search for an equaliser but their efforts weren’t rewarded.
Morecambe are back on home soil on Saturday when they take on Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One.
Full-time: Morecambe 1-2 Wigan Athletic 
Morecambe: Carson, R McLaughlin, Leigh (Gibson 57’), O’Connor, Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Wildig, Ayunga (Cooney 69’), S McLaughlin (Phillips79’), Gnahoua
Subs not used: Letheren, McDonald, McCalmont, Fane 
Goals: Stockton 7’
Bookings: R McLoughlin 90’

Red cards: 

Wigan Athletic: Amos, Watts, Pearce (Edwards 62’), Naylor, Whatmough, Power, Keane, Massey (Humphrys 62’), Lang(Kerr 85’), McClean, Darikwa

Subs not used:
Jones, Shinnie, Bayliss, Aasgaard 

Keane 45+1’, Humphrys 73’

Watts 70’

Red cards:

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Ticket News

Wigan Athletic (H) ticket details

10 January 2022

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One game against Wigan Athletic.

Morecambe v Wigan Athletic
Mazuma Stadium
Tuesday 18 Januray 2021

Kick Off: 19:45pm

Tickets are available in the Bartercard Stand, MGS Terrace and Wright & Lord Stand.

Prices for the fixture are listed below. 

Seating Prices:

Adult: £25

65+: £20

Young Adult 18-22: £15

Junior 14-17: £7

Under 14: £5


Adult: £20

65+: £15

Young Adult 18-22: £10

Junior 14-17: £5

Under 14: £3

Fans are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance of the fixture to avoid delays on the day of the match. Tickets can be purchased in advance from The Morecambe FC Club Shop, online or over the phone.

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 Wigan Athletic for their supporters, and further details on how to buy these are available direct on Wigan Athletic’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 Wigan Athletic 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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