Morecambe boss Jim Bentley slammed his team’s Easter Monday performance as the “worst he had seen since taking over as manager.”
Bentley watched on in growing frustration as his side produced a shocking display as they maintained their record of never scoring against Wycombe in a home league game.
Speaking after only the second home defeat in six months Bentley said: “I’m shell shocked to be honest because we were terrible.
“It was definitely the worst performance I have seen since I took over and I feel really flat. It was an awful game of football full stop and I feel sorry for the fans that came to the game and will say sorry to them for what they saw.
“The conditions were poor and the pitch was an absolute killer for us as we couldn’t play the football we wanted. Because of that we had to show a bit more guile to try and create an opening but we didn’t do anything and we have to be much better than that.
“The game was always likely to be won or lost on a set piece and that is how it proved and I want much more from my lads because even though we have 52 points we are not mathematically safe and need to show far more desire and creativity than we did today.”
Stuart Lewis was the man who gave Wycombe victory with a goal 10 minutes into the second half as he lashed home a shot from 12 yards out after the Morecambe defence had failed to clear their lines after Matt Spring’s deep free kick was headed into the danger area.
The goal came just as Morecambe were enjoying their best period of the game when they should have opened the scoring a minute after the break.
Ryan Williams hit the post with a fine right foot shot and Jordan Burrow failed to head home the rebound from just six yards out with a miss that proved costly as Lewis scored the only goal of the game minutes later.
Wycombe produced most of the early running and created the best of the first half chances.
Midfielder Lewis tested Andreas Arestidou on 12 minutes with a well struck shot from 25 yards out that forced the home keeper into a good black to his right.
Arestidou blocked again 10 minutes later from a Matt Spring shot and the Shrimps were left grateful to Robbie Threlfall on the half hour as Joe Kuffour’s cross was heading for the unmarked Joel Grant until the left back produced an important last gasp clearance.
Kuffour then wasted a good chance of his own on 37 minutes when he failed to get a strong enough touch to force an excellent Matt Spring free kick wide.
The game ended with Morecambe searching for an equaliser but a lack of craft and guile means the visitors maintained their hold over the Shrimps who have now failed to beat the Chairboys in 10 attempts.
Morecambe: Arestidou; Wright, McCready, Haining, Threlfall; Williams, Drummond, Fleming, Ellison; Burrow (rep Alessandra 70), Redshaw. Subs not used: Roche, McDonald, McGee, Mwasile, Parrish, Holroyd.
Wycombe: Ingram; Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne; Grant, Lewis, Spring, Wood; Scowen, Kuffour. Subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, Oli, McCoy, Morias.
Ref: G Eltringham