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Morecambe4Notts County1

Morecambe 4-1 Notts County

Alan Smith
Alan Smith was put in caretaker charge of Notts County after the departure of John Sheridan

Alan Smith's first game as Notts County manager ended in a heavy defeat as Morecambe produced a superb performance at the Globe Arena.

The former Manchester United man, who took charge following John Sheridan's sacking, could not stop his side crashing to a 10th-straight defeat.

The Shrimps had the perfect start as they took the lead after just two minutes. Lee Molyneux received the ball on the right and cut inside before firing a low left-footed effort that beat Scott Loach low to his right.

The home side continued to be a threat with Molyneux wasting a glorious chance for a second when he skewed a free shot wide before Paul Mullin forced Loach into a fine save with a shot from the edge of the box.

The pressure paid off for the hosts with Mullin adding a second on 27 minutes when he was in the right place at the right time to slot home the loose ball after Loach could only parry a Kevin Ellison cross back into the danger area.

Four minutes later it was 3-0 when the Shrimps were awarded a penalty for a Richard Duffy foul on Mullin, and Michael Rose stepped up to send Loach the wrong way from the spot.

The Magpies were given a lifeline when Morecambe midfielder Andy Fleming received a straight-red card for a tackle on Curtis Thompson on the stroke of half-time.

Despite dominating the possession in the second half, the visitors rarely threatened the Morecambe goal.

Barry Roche produced one superb save to deny Adam Campbell before the visitors pulled one back nine minutes from time with a neat finish by Jonathan Forte from a Jon Stead lay-off.

As the visitors pushed forward the home side added a fourth at the death when Kevin Ellison slotted home the rebound after substitute Luke Jordan hit the woodwork following a fine run and shot.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Morecambe

  • 1Roche
  • 2WakefieldBooked at 84mins
  • 6Winnard
  • 5Edwards
  • 14ConlanSubstituted forMurphyat 87'minutes
  • 17FlemingBooked at 45mins
  • 24Rose
  • 10MolyneuxBooked at 17mins
  • 15WildigSubstituted forKenyonat 69'minutes
  • 7MullinSubstituted forJordanat 77'minutes
  • 11Ellison

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 8Murphy
  • 12Nizic
  • 27Jordan

Notts County

  • 13Loach
  • 2TootleSubstituted forOpoku Aborahat 45'minutes
  • 18Hewitt
  • 5DuffyBooked at 30mins
  • 3Dickinson
  • 28OsborneSubstituted forForteat 66'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forCollinsat 76'minutes
  • 8O'ConnorBooked at 90mins
  • 12Milsom
  • 24Campbell
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 1Collin
  • 6Hollis
  • 11Forte
  • 19Richards
  • 31Audel
  • 33Opoku Aborah
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
1,315

Match Stats

Home TeamMorecambeAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away12
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Morecambe 4, Notts County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morecambe 4, Notts County 1.

Booking

Michael O'Connor (Notts County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Luke Jordan (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Notts County).

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 4, Notts County 1. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Luke Jordan (Morecambe) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Elliott Hewitt (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Barry Roche.

Attempt saved. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Peter Murphy replaces Luke Conlan.

Attempt missed. Robert Milsom (Notts County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Michael Rose (Morecambe).

Jon Stead (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Liam Wakefield (Morecambe) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Morecambe 3, Notts County 1. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Stead.

Attempt saved. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Luke Jordan replaces Paul Mullin.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Aaron Collins replaces Curtis Thompson.

Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Forte (Notts County).

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Alex Kenyon replaces Aaron Wildig.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Forte (Notts County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Jonathan Forte replaces Samuel Osborne.

Attempt blocked. Jon Stead (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Liam Wakefield.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Liam Wakefield.

Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Attempt missed. Stanley Aborah (Notts County) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Luke Conlan.

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster25164549321752
2Plymouth24153637251248
3Carlisle251210346351146
4Portsmouth25126738251342
5Wycombe2412573226641
6Colchester25116840301039
7Barnet2510963634239
8Luton24108634221238
9Cambridge2411583526938
10Grimsby2510693328536
11Blackpool2497836251134
12Exeter24103113327633
13Stevenage25103123840-233
14Mansfield258982629-333
15Crawley2495103038-832
16Yeovil2486102528-330
17Morecambe2493123142-1130
18Crewe2561092434-1028
19Hartlepool2569103343-1027
20Accrington2467112331-825
21Leyton Orient2574142737-1025
22Notts County2564152848-2022
23Cheltenham2449112437-1321
24Newport2445152844-1617
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