Ainsworth sees red at Ingram dismissal
GARETH Ainsworth bemoaned “two bad mistakes” which led to Morecambe claiming all three points at play-off contenders Wycombe.
A goal five minutes into the second half from Shaun Miller, and a late Jamie Devitt penalty after Wycombe keeper Matt Ingram was sent off, lifted the Shrimps to 13th place.
The first half was marred by the injury of Morecambe captain Peter Murphy in a tackle with Luke O’Nien. The former Wycombe midfielder was carried off with suspected knee ligament damage.
The only real chance came when Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison’s clever free-kick seemed destined for the top corner before being tipped round the post by Ingram.
After the break, a long Devitt cross from the right drifted over Aaron Pierre’s head and Ellison knocked it back across for Miller to scramble in.
Wycombe brought on a string of substitutes to try to get something from the match. Brentford loanee Jermaine Udumaga replaced the ineffectual Max Kretzschmar up front, and then Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Gozie Ugwu came on.
But it was Morecambe who sealed the win five minutes from time. Substitute Aaron Wildig’s burst into the penalty area was ended by Ingram. Referee Andy Davies pointed to the spot, and sent the goalkeeper off.
Southampton loanee Jason McCarthy went in goal for the resultant spot-kick but could do nothing to stop Devitt from doubling Morecambe’s lead.
Shrimps manager Jim Bentley said his side’s win was “well deserved”, and praised goalscorer Shaun Miller and veteran keeper Barry Roche.
“Shaun’s improving year on year and with the number of chances he gets he could easily be at 15 goals a season,” said Bentley. “As for Barry, it was probably one of his quieter appearances for us, but he was still excellent.
“We were well disciplined and we had good shape offensively and defensively.”
Ainsworth said his side had had a “horrible day” and put in a “horrible performance”, but revealed that they would appeal Ingram’s red card as the young keeper appeared to get the ball as he tangled with Wildig.
“I’ve seen the incident replayed, slowed it right down and Matt gets the ball,” said Ainsworth.
“We’ll get the footage and send it off because he said he touched the ball and the footage backs that.We just hope people will see sense.”
As for the game, Ainsworth insisted there was no need to panic.
“We’ll look at what went wrong,” he said. “I don’t think the conditions helped.We know what we’re capable of so that’s why I’m not panicking.”
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