Burton Albion 3-2 Morecambe
Sky Bet League One
Friday 15 October 2021
A five-goal game split three-two sees the Shrimps end up on the wrong side of the scoreline against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
The game got off to a fantastic start for Robinson’s side as defender Liam Gibson lashed home a volley after four minutes.
But an own-goal from Kyle Letheren and a goal from Conor Shaughnessy gave the Brewers the lead at the break.
Shaughnessy got his second of the game just after the break to make it three-one to the hosts before a stoppage time goal from Cole Stockton saw the game end 3-2.
The first change of the game fell to Robinson’s side, a low throw into the box was initially missed by Alfie McCalmont, but there was Gibson to volley home from just inside the box leaving goalkeeper Ben Garratt with no chance.
It was the hosts with the next chance of the game, with a freak passage of play giving Burton their first goal of the evening.
A corner from Tom O’Connor was left at the front post by Adam Phillips, with that mistake the ball cannoned off Letheren into the back of his own net.
The Brewers took the lead in the 15th minute, a cross from the right by Lucas Akins was met by the head of Shaughnessy who powered his effort into the bottom-right corner.
Five minutes later the Brewers had another opportunity, a direct free-kick from Harry Chapman was heading into the bottom-left corner, but a very good save from Letheren denied him.
With the game edging closer to the break, Alfie McCalmont had a great chance for the visitors.
A counter-attack from the on-loan Leeds United man saw him carry the ball to just outside of Garratt’s box before unleashing a curling effort, but the home keeper did well to make the save.
Three minutes before the break it was Robinson’s men who came close to a leveller. A direct corner from Phillips hit the outside of Garratt’s and bounced clear to the delight of the goalkeeper.
Half-time: Burton Albion 2-1 Morecambe
The first chance of the second period fell to the home side, who in-turn, scored their third of the game.
An effort from O’Connor on the angle managed to evade everyone and end up in the bottom-left corner of Letheren’s goal.
On the 52nd minute, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side came close again.
This time a corner from O’Connor who had been pulling the strings for Burton all night found the head of Shaughnessy, who was looking for his second of the affair.
On the 67th minute, the Shrimps had a massive opportunity to get back into the game. A ball over the top found Stockton, who broke the Brewers back-line - but he could not find the back of the net on this occasion.
The visitors continued to pile on the pressure and came close again moments later, after some good work from Stockton, he managed to find enough space to shoot only for his effort to be blocked.
Robinson’s side did have a second bit of the cherry in the same passage of play but Aaron Wildig’s effort from just inside the box was blocked as well.
Into the fourth minute of stoppage time, the Shrimps managed to pull one back.
A long throw into the box by Ryan Cooney was flicked on by Anthony O’Connor at the near post, and there was Stockton to head home with moments of the game remaining.
Full-time: Burton Albion 3-2 Morecambe
We are on the road again on Tuesday night as we head to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium to face Cheltenham Town.
Burton: Garratt, Borthwick-Jackson, Oshilaja, Akins, Smith, O’Connor, Shaughnessy, Jebbison (Hemmings 71’), Hamer, Mancienne (Taylor 81’), Chapman (Lakin 74’).
Subs not used: Balcombe, Gilligan, Leak, Maddox.
Goals: Letheren 6’ (OG), Shaughnessy 15’, O’Connor 49’
Bookings: Hamer 33’, Chapman 56’, Oshilaja 78’, Mancienne 78’
Red cards: None.
Morecambe: Letheren, Gibson, O’Connor (C), Cooney, Diagouraga, Stockton, Phillips (Wildig 58’), McCalmont, McDonald (Leigh 58’), Gnahoua (Ayunga 46’), Wootton.
Subs not used: Andresson, Jones, Delaney, Price.
Goals: Gibson 4’, Stockton 90+4'
Bookings: Gibson 90’
Red cards: None.