Morecambe 0-0 Burton Albion

Andy Fleming is thwarted by Burton Albion keeper Stuart Tomlinson.
Andy Fleming is thwarted by Burton Albion keeper Stuart Tomlinson.

Morecambe were held to a goalless draw by in-form Burton Albion at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, The Shrimps played some good football, especially in a second period they controlled, as they looked to make it two home wins in a row.

But they couldn't break down Albion, who despite being on top for a spell in the first half, posed little threat in the final third..

A stretched Shrimps side, with boss Jim Bentley only able to name six substitutes and unable to call on the injured Barry Roche who pulled an abductor muscle in training, started on the front foot.

Their first opening fell to Andy Fleming who, put through by Jack Redshaw, saw his effort blocked by Albion 'keeper Stuart Tomlinson on seven minutes.

Nick Fenton then headed a Lewis Alessandra corner wide five minutes later as the visitors, looking to extend their best ever run in the Football League, failed to make an early impression.

Gary Rowett's side did however come into the game as the half went on, impressive winger Jacques Maghoma firing their first effort wide of Andreas Aresitidou's right-hand post from 20 yards out.

The pacey wideman then tested the Shrimps stopper with a dipping 30-yard free-kick that Arestdiou just about managed to scramble wide.

The Morecambe 'keeper then dealt comfortably with a tame Justin Richards effort as the visitors counter attacked with precision and looked the more menacing as the first 45 minutes progressed.

After the break however, the home side started the second half as they did the first, in the ascendancy.

An error by Albion defender Anthony O'Connor let in Richard Brodie on 48 minutes but the on-loan Crawley man was forced wide and shot into the side netting.

Bentley's side continued to exert pressure, Brodie having another good opening a few minutes later, but the Shrimps number 10 was unable to direct the ball goalwards as it dropped to him inside the six-yard box.

The game descended into a scrappy affair in the middle part of the half, with Stuart Attwell's whistle more prevalent than football of any real quality with the Shrimps losing skipper Will Haining to injury after a clash with Adi Yussuf, the Burton man booked for using his elbow.

The Shrimps were still the more threatening going forward however, Alessandra fired over from the right-corner of the box with 20 minutes remaining after expertly giving himself room to shot.

He went close again with 10 minutes to go but saw his right-foot shot go narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

The former Oldham man should then have probably won the game on 86 minutes but after busting through one-on-one with Tomlinson he elected to chip rather than go for power and his effort went over the bar.

Morecambe: Arestidou, Haining (capt) (Reid 65), Fenton, McCready, Wright, Drummond, McDonald, Fleming, Alessandra, Redshaw, Brodie (Burrow 70). Subs not used: McGee, Mwasile, Short, Bell

Booked: Wright

Burton: Tomlinson, O'Connor (Stanton 72), Diamond (capt), Kiernan, McCrory, Rooney (Dyer 68), Weir, Bell, Maghoma, Richards, Paterson (Yussuf 57). Subs not used: Atkins, Webster, Taylor, Kee.

Booked: Paterson, Yussuf, Weir, McCrory

Referee: Stuart Attwell