Morecambe’s interim managers Kevin Ellison and Barry Roche are hoping for a first home win of the season against Leyton Orient on Saturday. The pair are in charge following the resignation of Jim Bentley in midweek and highlight their focus needs to be on three points. Speaking to morecambefc.co.uk Ellison stated “we’ve accepted it and we’re looking forward to Saturday now. It’s all about keeping the lads together and getting some points on the board”.
- Sit 24th on 10 points – two from safety
- Lost their last two and four of their last five games
- Won one of their last 15 games in all competitions – W1 D3 L11
- League Record – P16 W2 D4 L10 F14 A29
The Shrimps head into Saturday’s clash with the O’s on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to relegation rivals Stevenage. Scott Cuthbert’s strike eight minutes from time saw Morecambe drop to the foot of the table, two points behind Boro.
Roche who has been with the Shrimps since 2008 admitted it was tough to see ex manager Jim Bentley leave the Globe Arena. Bentley took assistant manager Ken McKenna and goalkeeping coach Lee Jones with him to AFC Fylde. Speaking to thevisitor.co.uk “it’s been absolutely mad, to be honest it’s been a difficult few days with gaffer going, I don’t think anybody wanted him to go”
- Kept just three league clean sheets – one at home
- No clean sheet in last two games
- Conceded most goals in League Two (29)
- One clean sheet in last 15 games
- No clean sheet in last seven home games
- Conceded two or more in their last four home games and six of their last seven at home
Morecambe’s defeat was their tenth league defeat of the season and Roche highlighted he was disappointed with his side’s performance. The Shrimps dropped to the bottom of League Two following the defeat and Roche stated to thevisitor.co.uk “last Saturday was really disappointing. We started off quite well but played poorly after that and we can’t afford to let a gap to start to appear”.
- Failed to score in six league games (four at home)
- Only Walsall (11) and Stevenage (12) have scored fewer league goals
- Scored just one goal in last three games
- Scored in three of their last four home games
The Shrimps finished 18th last season but have struggled this season and have picked up just five points from last 36 available in the league. Roche acknowledged his side need to drastically improve and thinks the squad is good enough to pull through. Speaking to thevisitor.co.uk “the squad we’ve got is more than good enough to get away from where we are but the table doesn’t lie. There’s no point in me trying to make any excuses – all I can say is we haven’t been firing on all cyclinders”.
- Scored 9/14 goals in second half (6/7 home goals)
- Seven of their last eight goals have been in second half
- No team has conceded the first goal more this season than Morecambe (11)
Saturday’s sees the visit of Leyton Orient, a side under new management in Carl Fletcher. Roche and Ellison are keen to get off to a winning start in front of their home crowd. Speaking to morecambefc.co.uk “it’s a massive game. Kev and I are looking to get the lads up for the next challenge and get the three points we need”.
- Home League Record – P8 W0 D3 L5 F7 A14
- Worse record in league, only team without a home win in League Two
- Lost last two at Globe Arena
- No win in last 10 home games
- One home win in last 13 games (22/04/2019 vs Cheltenham)
Striker Lewis Alesandra is back from suspension while defender Jordan Cranston could return to the starting 11 against Orient. Despite being in temporary charge both Ellison and Roche are expected to start.
Head to Head – Morecambe 1, Draw 0, Leyton Orient 3
Last Meeting – 07/02/2017 – Leyton Orient 0-1 Morecambe
- 3 of the 4 meetings have finished 1-0
- Morecambe have lost both home games against the O’s
Last Time Out – 26/10/2019 – Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe
Prediction – Morecambe 0-2 Leyton Orient