Morecambe v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 21st February 2014 5:03

On-loan midfielder Jamie Devitt will begin a three-match suspension when Morecambe entertain Oxford at the Globe Arena.

Devitt was dismissed late on in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Exeter for an apparent head-butt during a huge melee over a non-penalty call which angered the hosts.

Fortunately for the Shrimps, they do have Alex Kenyon back from a three-game ban and he will be expected to slot straight into the midfield.

Boss Jim Bentley is hopeful on full-back Shaun Beeley’s knee injury and striker Jack Redshaw’s illness but the game may come too soon for winger Marcus Marshall (hamstring).

Oxford will check on striker Dave Kitson before the trip to Morecambe.

The former Reading forward came off in the 58th minute of their 3-2 defeat at Newport on Tuesday night and is a doubt with a hamstring problem, but Danny Rose is set to feature after shaking off an illness which forced him off at the break against the Exiles.

The U’s will definitely be without Tom Newey who serves the first of a two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards this season while Michael Raynes (hip) and Sean Rigg (calf) look set to miss out once more.

Tuesday night’s defeat ended Oxford’s 16-game unbeaten away run in League Two, which stretched back almost 11 months.

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Morecambe v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 14th December 2012 12:55

Morecambe defender Andy Parrish is back in contention after he missed out against Wycombe last Saturday.

The 24-year-old picked up a knock in training prior to last week’s 2-2 draw at Adams Park but came through a midweek reserves match unscathed and looks set to be in manager Jim Bentley’s plans.

Midfielder Andrew Fleming will return from suspension after serving his one-match ban against Wycombe due to picking up five yellow cards this season.

Attacking duo Danny Carlton and Jordan Burrow remain sidelined with knee injuries which have kept them out since September and November respectively.

A win for the Shrimps would extend their unbeaten home run in the league to seven games.

Oxford manager Chris Wilder will be without suspended midfielder Simon Heslop.

Heslop will serve the first game of his three-match ban after the Football Association rejected an appeal against his sending off during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with npower League Two strugglers Aldershot.

Long-term absentee Michael Duberry, who has not played a first-team match this campaign, featured in a practice match in midweek as he continues to recover from a neck injury, but is unlikely to be risked by the manager.

Otherwise, Wilder has no fresh injury or suspension concerns and is expected to stick with the team that has gone unbeaten for the last five games in all competitions.

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Morecambe v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 1:17

Garry Hunter is Morecambe’s only doubt for the match.

The midfielder hobbled out of action while playing for the Shrimps’ reserves in midweek with an as yet unspecified complaint.

Striker Jason Price is available for selection having missed the previous two games with a hamstring problem.

Morecambe were without a game last weekend following their FA Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in November and boss Jim Bentley will be keen to return to winning ways after an indifferent run of form that has seen his side slip out of the npower League Two play-off places.

Among the early season pacesetters, the Shrimps have won one of their last five league games, losing the last two and tumbling to eighth position.

Long-term knee injury victim Paul Scott remains on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, Oxford will be without the suspended Liam Davis when they travel to Morecambe on Saturday.

Utility player Davis was sent off for two bookable offences during the Us’ 3-1 home defeat to Cheltenham a fortnight ago and serves a one-match ban.

Manager Chris Wilder is sweating over the fitness of fellow centre-back Michael Duberry, who is battling a groin strain, but Alfie Potter could make a return to the matchday squad after shaking off his recent groin problem.

Striker Tom Craddock has completed his three-match ban for a red card picked up in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss to Southend last month and is available for Wilder.

Tony Capaldi (back) and Ryan James remain long-term casualties for Oxford, who are looking to end a run of five consecutive defeats.

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Morecambe v Oxford preview

Date published: Friday 18th February 2011 12:43

Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy could include striker Danny Carlton in his squad.

Carlton has rejoined the Shrimps on a short-term deal after impressing in training following his release by Bury.

McIlroy said: “Danny has done well in training and we know what he is capable of.

“He can offer us something different and we are all pleased to be working with him again.”

McIlroy made two changes to his side for the 3-3 draw at Northampton in midweek, with Laurence Wilson and Andy Holdsworth returning to the side at the expense of Garry Hunter and Scott Brown.

Winger Chris Shuker will be assessed after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury but defender Paul Scott will definitely remain absent as he recovers from a knee operation.

Oxford boss Chris Wilder will welcome back defender Damien Batt.

The 26-year-old right-back has completed a three-match ban following his sending-off at Southend on February 1 and will return to the squad.

However, Batt may have to be content with a place among the substitutes due to the impressive form of his stand-in, Ben Purkiss.

The U’s have no other injury or suspension problems to contend with, although Wilder may be tempted to make changes to his starting line-up after lambasting his side following the 0-0 draw at Stevenage in midweek.

Midfielder Josh Payne and winger Simon Hackney could both be at risk of losing their places, with Asa Hall and Steve MacLean pushing for recalls.

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