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Ten-man Wycombe Wanderers held by Morecambe

DEAN Morgan bagged a brace as 10-man Wycombe Wanderers were denied all three points at the death against Morecambe.

Dean Morgan
Dean Morgan

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DEAN Morgan bagged a brace as 10-man Wycombe Wanderers were denied all three points at the death against Morecambe.

Morgan (pictured) scored either side of the interval but Joel Grant's dismissal on the stroke of half-time proved costly as the hosts tired in the second period and conceded a last-gasp equaliser.

Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that was knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek as Grant, Matt McClure, Josh Scowen, Stuart Lewis all came back into the  side and there was a first start for Kortney Hause.

Matt Spring served the first game of his three-match suspension after the experienced midfielder was shown a straight red for serious foul play in that JPT quarter-final exit to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

Wanderers started brightly and some good hold-up play from Matt McClure carved open the first real chance for Stuart Lewis whose shot was turned onto the post by Morecambe keeper Barry Roche inside the opening 10 minutes.

Wycombe continued to press and were rewarded midway through the first period when Morecambe wasted a free-kick and allowed the Blues to break with Scowen's long ball misjudged by Will Haining and a grateful Morgan nipped in to slot home the opener.

It was plain-sailing for the home side until five minutes before half-time when Grant, who had been causing Morecambe problems down the left, went in two-footed on Andrew Wright and referee Andy D'Urso brandished the red card to reduce Wanderers to 10 men.

The dismissal of Grant gave Ainsworth plenty of work to do in the dressing room at half-time but Shrimps boss Jim Bentley had problems of his own and was forced to bring on reserve keeper Andreas Arestidou due to an injury to first-choice stopper Roche.

Arestidou's first touch of the ball came as he picked it out of the back of the net as Wanderers stretched their lead within five minutes of the restart, Morgan beating Chris McCready with some neat skill and then blasting a low drive past the substitute Morecambe keeper.

Richard Brodie pulled one back for the visitors eight minutes later as he headed in Izak Reid's corner to set-up an interesting final half-hour at Adams Park as the 10 men of Wycombe looked to hold onto all three points.

Kevin Ellison, who had made no friends in Buckinghamshire with his actions on the field, was denied an equaliser as his shot struck the foot of Jamie Archer's post before Brodie saw a side-footed finish chalked off for offside.

Morecambe were piling on the pressure and on-loan Tottenham Hotspur keeper Archer made a fantastic fingertip save to turn Shrimps substitute Jack Redshaw's well-struck effort behind for a corner.

But there was late drama as Wanderers failed to clear their lines from Brodie's corner and Redshaw found himself in the right place at the right time to stab home a late leveller and snatch a share of the spoils in the last minute.

WANDERERS: Archer, Dunne, Wood, Hause, Winfield, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Andrade, Morgan (Kewley-Graham), McClure (McCoy).

Subs (not used): Harrison, Ainsworth, Oli, Morais, Ehui.

Attendance: 3,238

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