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Morecambe 0-3 Exeter City

Paul Tisdale got the better of the battle between the Football League's longest serving managers as Exeter inflicted Morecambe's sixth successive home defeat.

Tisdale's side were given a flying start by David Wheeler's fourth-minute goal and they wrapped up a 3-0 win before half-time with further strikes from Joel Grant and Lee Holmes.

The opener came when Alex Whitmore's poor clearance gave Holmes space and time to run on goal and the former Derby midfielder produced the perfect through ball for Wheeler to drill a low shot past Barry Roche from the edge of the area.

Lloyd James fired wide but the Grecians did not have to wait long for a second as, on 16 minutes, Reuben Reid did well to hold off his man on the edge of the area before teeing up Grant, who drilled a low left-foot shot in off the right post.

Jim Bentley's men hit back, with Tom Barkhuizen volleying Michael Rose's corner straight at Christy Pym and Cole Stockton heading weakly at goal from a second set-piece, before Exeter scored an all-too-simple third.

Holmes was allowed to run into the Morecambe area and without any challenge was able to stab a left-foot shot with the outside of his foot past the helpless Roche from 12 yards out.

Morecambe started the second half strongly, with Stockton firing over from close range, and they dominated from then on without being able to pull a goal back.

Substitute keeper Bobby Olejnik saved superbly from Lee Molyneux's sweetly-struck shot, Pierce Sweeney cleared Ryan Edwards's shot off the line and Whitmore also went close.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 3McGowan
  • 5EdwardsBooked at 35mins
  • 16Whitmore
  • 21Jennings
  • 8Murphy
  • 24Rose
  • 9BarkhuizenBooked at 42mins
  • 11EllisonSubstituted forDunnat 52'minutes
  • 10MolyneuxSubstituted forMassankaat 77'minutes
  • 23Stockton

Substitutes

  • 2Wakefield
  • 6Winnard
  • 7Mullin
  • 12Nizic
  • 14Conlan
  • 19Massanka
  • 20Dunn

Exeter

  • 30PymSubstituted forOlejnikat 34'minutes
  • 31Sweeney
  • 29CrollBooked at 79minsSubstituted forStaceyat 79'minutes
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 3Woodman
  • 11Wheeler
  • 4JamesBooked at 56mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 10Holmes
  • 12Grant
  • 33ReidSubstituted forSimpsonat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Olejnik
  • 8Simpson
  • 14Watkins
  • 20Jay
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 26Ampadu
  • 28Stacey
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
1,302

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 0, Exeter City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 0, Exeter City 3.

Alex Whitmore (Morecambe) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Aaron McGowan (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Attempt missed. Ryan Edwards (Morecambe) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jack Stacey replaces Luke Croll.

Booking

Luke Croll (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Aaron McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Ntumba Massanka replaces Lee Molyneux.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Peter Murphy (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Croll (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Robbie Simpson replaces Reuben Reid.

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Morecambe) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Joel Grant (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Barry Roche.

James Jennings (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

Lee Molyneux (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Booking

Lloyd James (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Dunn (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Cole Stockton (Morecambe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Jack Dunn replaces Kevin Ellison.

Foul by James Jennings (Morecambe).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Molyneux (Morecambe).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth15112226131335
2Carlisle1587027151231
3Doncaster158343022827
4Luton156632415924
5Portsmouth157352316724
6Notts County156452221122
7Crewe155731918122
8Grimsby156361818021
9Accrington155551920-120
10Crawley155551619-320
11Yeovil156271419-520
12Morecambe156272029-920
13Mansfield154741515019
14Barnet154742023-319
15Blackpool154652319418
16Cheltenham153841819-117
17Stevenage145272022-217
18Colchester154561921-217
19Exeter155191619-316
20Hartlepool153752328-516
21Wycombe154471621-516
22Cambridge154471319-616
23Leyton Orient154381620-415
24Newport142571622-611
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