Participating in Sky Bet League One for the first time in club history, Morecambe defied all obstacles when he earned his place in the third tier by beating Newport County in the play-off final last season.

Morecambe manager Derek Adams left the club days after winning the playoffs and was replaced by Stephen Robinson – the 46-year-old had only just taken a job at Motherwell. Despite being successful in League One before, having served just under six months at Oldham Athletic in the 2016/17 season, Robinson says he has faced setbacks he never had before. known before in his managerial career during the current campaign.

Injury and COVID have hit a number of clubs at all levels of English football for several seasons, and – perhaps unsurprisingly – teams lower in the lower leagues have suffered more than most.

For Morecambe, the absence of players like Adam Phillips, who is set to be sidelined for a second stint this season due to injury, and leading scorer Cole Stockton for some games has left the Shrimps in a tight spot. for many games throughout the season. . They were forced to use many different players, using several different formations.

The Rovers will travel to Mazuma Stadium on Sunday with the Shrimps sitting 21st in the Ligue 1 standings with 20 points. They are four points ahead of Rovers at the bottom of the table.

Robinson’s defense had a rough start to December – which included a 5-0 loss away to Sunderland – but kept two clean sheets later in the month: a 1-0 win away from Buxton in the Emirates FA Cup second round, and a 0-0 with Fleetwood Town. In December across all competitions, Morecambe claimed one win, three losses and one draw.

Robinson has tried to adapt to his team’s ever-changing landscape, using a combination of 4-3-3, 4-4-2 and even a 5-3-2 formation to try to put together a series of positive results. for his side.

Since playing Rovers on September 18, Morecambe has racked up five wins, lost 10 and drawn five in all competitions. In their last 15 games, the Shrimps have won three (including two at the Emirates FA Cup), lost nine and drew three.

In all competitions, the Shrimps have scored 38 goals this season, while conceding 56 goals to the opposition. Of the 38 goals scored for the club, Stockton scored 16, with Phillips contributing six more. In the league, the Shrimps have allowed 46 goals and scored 30 of their own.

As a team, Morecambe is averaging 1.30 goals per game, while allowing around two goals per game. Despite a total of 12 different players in the Shrimps’ scoring column this season, 24 of the team’s goals have been scored by just five players.

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