Sky Bet League 2
Morecambe 2-1 Blackpool
Dunn 45+3 pen Potts 23
Goals from new recruits Jack Dunn and Michael Rose ensured Morecambe came from behind to pick up their first league win of the season against seaside counterparts Blackpool.
Brad Potts took the lead for Blackpool midway through the first half with a powerful shot into the bottom left-hand corner, and Jack Dunn scored from the spot just before the break to get Morecambe back into the game and stand-in captain Michael Rose scored the winning goal for the home side in the 76th minute.
The game started off being very end-to-end with both sides having chances. Brad Potts had the first attempt for the visitors, wearing sky blue, and his shot was saved by the legs of Barry Roche in the second minute.
Just three minutes later the Shrimps had a free kick on the right-hand side, and Michael Rose came very close to taking the lead for the home side. The summer signing, who joined the club on a one-year deal after being released by Rochdale, whipped the ball into the box with his left foot and it was tipped onto the bar by Blackpool keeper Sam Slocombe without any players making contact on its way towards the goal.
The away side then went on to dominate proceedings for most of the first half, with Tom Aldred, Brad Potts and Bright Osayi-Samuel all coming close for Gary Bowyer’s side. The most notable of which was when Brad Potts went through on goal, looking likely to score, only for the ex-Carlisle man to stopped by Morecambe right-back Liam Wakefield with an impressive last-ditch tackle in the fourteenth minute.
Potts then proceeded to take the lead for Gary Bowyer’s side, capitalising on Luke Conlan’s mistake with a shot into the bottom-left hand corner beating Roche, who did get a touch to the ball.
Ten minutes later captain Danny Pugh came close to doubling the Seasiders’ lead with a powerful shot from outside the box which bounced off the defence and went over the bar.
Similarly to Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Rotherham, Morecambe had an impressive finish to the first half with Cole Stockton shooting powerfully just wide of the target from long range and then Jim Bentley’s side earned themselves a penalty on the brink of half time. Lee Molyneux started the move leading up to the penalty, with a cracking ball across the pitch to Tom Barkhuizen, who was brought down in the box by Jim McAlister. Liverpool loanee Jack Dunn had no problem converting the penalty, to score his fourth goal in just three games and put the Shrimps back on level terms at the break.
In the second half, Blackpool came close to taking the lead with the help from Morecambe defender Alex Whitmore in the 51st minute. The Burnley loanee tried to give the ball back to keeper Barry Roche but the ball beat the veteran Shrimp and luckily the ball went over the bar although it looked to be going in.
The chances came and went for the away side with Leicester loanee Michael Cain coming very close for the away side with an excellent free kick that went just wide and substitute Colin Daniel looking as if he would’ve scored had his powerful left-footed shot not been blocked by Alex Whitmore, but it was Morecambe who got the winner through new signing Michael Rose in the 76th minute.
Ex-Blackpool winger Tom Barkhuizen made a good run with the ball along the right-hand side, and it looked as if he would eventually pass the ball to Jack Dunn who was marked in the box, but then Rose came out of nowhere, to the shock of the Blackpool defence, and blasted the ball home to score his first goal since joining the Shrimps.
Alex Kenyon and Cole Stockton came close to putting the game to bed for the home side, both having shots saved by Slocombe to keep the away side in the game.
Blackpool piled on the pressure towards the end of the game, and substitute Mark Cullen should’ve scored as he was in plenty of space but his shot went wide, with the pressure getting to him.
With four minutes added, the Seasiders had one last chance through Mark Yeates but he could only hit the ball over the bar.
Morecambe now have three points, as do Blackpool, and the Shrimps will face Portsmouth next at the Globe Arena, who have drawn their first two games, on Tuesday evening.
Morecambe: Roche, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan (Ellison 65), Barkhuizen (Mullin 85), Kenyon, Rose (c), Molyneux, Dunn (Fleming 88), Stockton.
Booked: Wakefield and Rose
Subs not used: Nizic, McGowan, Turner
Blackpool: Slocombe, Mellor, Robertson, Aldred, Taylor (Daniel 46), Potts, McAlister, Pugh, Osayi-Samuel (Cullen 72), Cain (Yeates 77), Vassell.
Booked: Robertson and Taylor
Subs not used: Aimson, Letheren, Herron, Nolan