The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joe Red­mond

TWO long balls into the box were Ply­mouth’s un­do­ing in this game ac­cord­ing to Pil­grims boss John Sheri­dan, who blasted his de­fend­ers for a lack of con­cen­tra­tion when a point looked there for the tak­ing.

Sheri­dan’s side com­peted man­fully through­out although they cre­ated lit­tle and were un­done by a first-half free­kick from Jamie De­vitt that was even­tu­ally fin­ished by the in-form Kevin El­li­son.

The two swapped roles for the win­ner as De­vitt knocked home El­li­son’s mishit shot with seven min­utes re­main­ing.

There was lit­tle to choose be­tween the sides oth­er­wise after Peter Hart­ley’s bul­let header had lev­elled things up, with Sheri­dan stunned at the way his side let a draw slip through their fin­gers.

“There’s no way we de­served to get beat,” he said.“I felt we wer very com­fort­able in the game with the way we were play­ing, even though we weren’t caus­ing their keeper too many prob­lems in the game and I didn’t see us los­ing what­so­ever.

“The man­ner in the way we con­ceded the two goals was dis­ap­point­ing but there’s no way we should have lost the game.

“The two goals were just so easy to see, they’re just straight balls into the box and you’re sup­posed to be set up to deal with them.

“I don’t think the lads re­ally felt as though they could go on and win the game be­cause it was there to be won and we’ve ended up los­ing.

“I thought we had a lot of the ball but I never re­ally felt as though we could go and win it and hurt them.”

More­cambe took the lead on 19 min­utes when De­vitt’s free-kick was headed back across goal by An­drew Wright for El­li­son to score from close range.The Shrimps pressed but it was Hart­ley who equalised, head­ing Lewis Alessandra’s ball pow­er­fully past Barry Roche.

More­cambe pep­pered the Ply­mouth box with crosses, Hart­ley clear­ing one Andy Flem­ing ef­fort off the line.

But it was the home side who got the break­through with seven min­utes re­main­ing as De­vitt found the net from El­li­son’s shot to lift More­cambe up to sec­ond in the ta­ble.

“We scored off a well-worked free kick rou­tine and it’s al­ways nice when they come off – we’ve had a cou­ple now be­cause we had one at Tran­mere not so long ago,” said Shrimps man­ager Jim Bent­ley. “At half-time I tried to just tweak one or two things, both teams were go­ing for it and both teams were play­ing OK, I thought sec­ond half was a to­tally dif­fer­ent sce­nario though.

“Both sets of fans went a lit­tle bit quiet, it was quiet on the pitch and noone was get­ting any­one go­ing but we still looked quite strong.We kept plug­ging away and we kept our de­fen­sive shape which I was pleased with.

“Thank­fully at the end big Kev has smashed a mishit shot and De­vitt was in the right place at the right time.”

MORE­CAMBE: (4-3-3): Roche 6, Wright 5, Ed­wards 6, Par­rish 5, Wid­dow­son 6, Mullin 7 (Samp­son 68 7), Goodall 6 (Kenyon 76 6), Flem­ing 8, El­li­son 9, De­vitt 8 (Wil­liams 90 N/A) Subs not used: Aresti­dou, McGowan, Doyle, McReady

PLY­MOUTH AR­GYLE: (4-5-1): McCormick 6, Mel­lor 7, Nel­son 7, Hart­ley 8, McHugh 5, Alessandra 8, Bliz­zard 5, O’Con­nor 5, Cox 6 (Thomas 86 N/A), Mor­gan 5 (Smal­ley 64 6), Reid 4 Subs not used: Bit­tner, Pur­ring­ton, Nor­burn, Ban­ton, Har­vey

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

COOL KEV: Kevin El­li­son scores for More­cambe

JAMIE’S JOY: More­cambe's Jamie De­vitt after scor­ing


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