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26 February 2022

Honours even in Lancashire

Wes Burns' late leveller saw Town come from behind to pick up a point at Morecambe. 

The wideman struck four minutes from time to cancel out Aaron Wildig's headed opener in a game that the Blues had otherwise completely dominated.

Tyreeq Bakinson, Sone Aluko, Macauley Bonne and James Norwood came back into the side as Kieran McKenna made four changes to his starting XI. 

The quartet they replaced - Tom Carroll, Bersant Celina, Conor Chaplin and Kayden Jackson - were all named amongst the substitutes. 

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Town had a good early chance at Mazuma Stadium but Bakinson’s dinked pass into the box wouldn’t sit for Norwood, who volleyed wide from eight yards.

The openings kept coming as Aluko twice had shots blocked from inside the box, the first after a loose ball had dropped to the midfielder and the second coming from a flowing move through Dom Thompson and Sam Morsy. 

Bonne had the best chance yet on 28 minutes but he headed narrowly wide from a tight angle after Morsy’s curling effort had been parried away from the top corner. 

The Ipswich-born striker saw another headed effort fall just wide five minutes later, this time following a back-post cross from Bakinson.

Bakinson drove forward and saw a low strike tipped around the post by Trevor Carson late in the half.

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It took until the 59th minute for the first chance of the second period, Bonne unleashing a vicious strike which Carson somehow kept out. 

Against the run of play, the hosts took the lead just one minute later. Morecambe’s two half-time substitutes, Adam Phillips and Wildig, combined as the former reached the byline before his cross was headed in via the post by the Shrimps' other introduction at the interval. 

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Town could have levelled six minutes later but, after Aluko’s low ball had been half-cleared, Bonne’s shot from 10 yards couldn’t make it through a crowded penalty area. 

McKenna looked to his bench as Celina, Chaplin, and Jackson were all introduced, with the first of those - Kosovan Celina - stinging the palms of Carson from 30 yards with 15 minutes remaining.

The Blues equalised with four minutes of normal time to go. A low ball from the left bobbled around in the area before Burns managed to squeeze it into the bottom corner from next to the penalty spot.

A stunning Carson save denied Town a winner in the closing moments, somehow turning away Janoi Donacien's improvised chested effort from close range as the points were shared.

Morecambe: Carson, Leigh, O'Connor (C), Bedeau, Diagouraga, Stockton, Ayunga (Phillips 45’), McLoughlin, Cooney (Wildig 45’), Fane, Bennett.

Subs: Smith, Connolly, Obika, Gibson, Duffus.

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Edmundson, Burns, Morsy (C), Bakinson, Thompson, Aluko (Celina 69’), Bonne (Jackson 69’), Norwood (Chaplin 69’).

Subs: Hladky, Burgess, Carroll, Pigott.

Booked: Bonne, Bakinson,.

Attendance: 4,928 (1,270 Town fans).

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