MORECAMBE boss Sammy McIlroy called on fans to back the Shrimps when they face Bradford City at the Globe Arena this weekend.
With more than 1,000 Bantams’ fans expected at the Arena for what has become an important game for both sides at the wrong end of the table McIlroy has called for the same level of support he side saw in last weekend’s win over Southend.
He said: “The fans at the game against Southend were unbelievable and we will need them again on Saturday. Bradford always have a big following and we want them to match that and get behind the lads and help make it a fantastic atmosphere.’’
McIlroy admitted that Tuesday night’s defeat at Gigg Lane was a “kick in the teeth’’ for his side.
After seeing on loan keeper Joe Anyon let a Lennell John-Lewis shot squirm under his hands with just five minutes to go he said: “I just feel so sorry for the lads. They gave their all against a good Bury side and restricted them to very few chances.
“They only really had one shot on target throughout the game and unfortunately Joe let it through. I feel for the boy and we will now just have to forget it and move on to Saturday and work hard again.’’
Bury certainly had the better of the possession but failed to test Anyon as Morecambe defended stoutly. Peter Sweeney volleyed narrowly wide in the second minute before Ryan Lowe, looking to score for the 10th game in a row, fired over from close range after the ball fell invitingly for him in the box. Bury’s danger man was winger Kyle Bennett and he created a good opening for himself before seeing a shot beaten away by the first of what would be many excellent Morecambe covering tackles.
Anyon was called into action just before the half hour when Phil Picken’s right wing cross was heading for the top corner of the Morecambe goal but the keeper reacted well to tip the ball wide for a corner at full stretch.
The game then saw both sides struggle to create any clear chances until two minutes into injury time when the ball fell perfectly for Bennett 12 yards out but he drilled his shot over the bar.
The second half saw Morecambe come in to the game and produce some of the best efforts of the half. Danny Carlton volleyed wide at the near post from a Kevan Hurst cross and before Chris McCready went close to opening the scoring with a header that was superbly tipped away by Bury keeper Cameron Belford who somehow got down low to his left to claw the ball away to safety.
Carlton then went close to scoring a wonder goal against his former club from 40 yards out when he drilled a volley over Belford but onto the roof of the net and the game looked set for a stalemate until Bury sub John-Lewis tried his luck from distance with a shot that proved decisive.
Bury: Belford; Picken Lees, Sodje, Skarz; Sweeney, Worrall (rep M Jones 66), Schumacher, Bennett (rep Haworth 66); Lowe, Bishop (rep John-Lewis 80). Subs not used: Branagan, A Jones, McCarthy, Harrop.
Morecambe: Roche; Parrish, McCready, Charnock, Wilson (rep Capaldi 89); Hunter (rep Holdsworth 70), Drummond, Fleming, Hurst; Carlton (rep Jevons 89), Spencer. Subs not used: Wainwright, Hendrie, Brown, Walker.
Ref: P Tierney.