SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley was delighted with his side’s never say die attitude as they scored a last gap goal to collect a point at the Kassam Stadium.
Jack Redshaw grabbed the headlines once again for the Shrimps with his 16th goal of the season almost four minutes into injury time as he headed home a Robbie Threlfall corner in what was a rare Shrimps’ attack on a difficult day.
“To go one goal down and keep believing and working hard right to the end to get a point in the 93rd minute is something that you have to be pleased with as a manager.
“I am proud of the lads because of the spirit and determination they showed once again to get a point that on the balance of things we probably didn’t deserve to get on this occasion.
“I have to be honest and say Oxford had the better chances and caused us problems, especially early in the match, and we didn’t totally et to grips with their formation in the second half either. It was a tough game but while it is 1-0 you are always in the game and always hoping to get a chance and we did that.
“We couldn’t play the football we liked because the pitch was shocking and as a result we sometimes tried to overplay when the conditions didn’t help us. But to get a hard earned point was brilliant and sometimes you get what you deserve because of your workrate.’’
A shocking pitch, not helped by Oxford sharing their ground with London Welsh, and a swirling wind made football difficult and both sides struggled to make headway in a game with a real end of season feel.
Oxford had a great chance to open the scoring in only the fourth minute. Sean Rigg robbed Andy Wright of possession down the left but failed to find the unmarked James Constable in the area with a poor final cross.
Tom Craddock then volleyed over and curled an effort wide after he ran on to a long ball with the Shrimps’ defence caught square.
Alfie Potter headed a Damien Batt cross wide on the half hour before Morecambe had their first chance when Stewart Drummond’s header from Lewis Alessandra’s corner was cleared off the line.
Potter looked the game’s most lively player and he opened the scoring with a rare moment if quality just after the hour when he turned past Chris McCready and saw hi final shot beat Roche to his left.
Roche was then called upon to produce a fine save to foil Sean Rigg after he was played in behind the Morecambe defence and that was the final goalmouth action of note until Redshaw came off the bench to add to his growing goal tally with another vital goal.
Oxford: McCormick; Batt, Raynes, Whing, Wright; Rigg, Potter, Davis, Davies; Craddock (rep Parker 75), Constable. Subs not used: Brown, Heslop, Pittman, Worley, O’Brien, O’Dowda.
Morecambe: Roche 6; Wright 6, Haining 7, McCready 6, Threlfall 6; Drummond 6, Fleming 6, McDonald 6 (rep Mwasile 85); Holroyd 6 (rep Redshaw 64), Ellison 6, Alessandra 6 (rep Burrow 77). Subs not used: Arestidou, Williams, Doyle, Short.
Ref: A Davies.
Star man: Will Haining.