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Recap of last season
After making the play-offs in 2009/10, the Shrimps made a sluggish start, winning only once in their first 9 games. Losing talented winger Mark Duffy to Scunthorpe in January robbed the Shrimps of much of their attacking invention in what proved to be an ultimately disappointing season. Manager Sammy McIlroy paid for the underachievement with his job and a period of rebuilding awaits under new boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe created plenty of chances last season: no side had more shots at goal and their direct attacking style can unsettle defences.
All the shots in the world won’t help you if you can’t convert the chances you create, and this is where the Shrimps struggle. No side had a higher ratio of shots to goals last season, while at the other end few teams invited more shots at their own goal. They seldom scored early goals last season, often handing their opponents the initiative and conceding late in the half.
Gary McDonald, a recent arrival from Scottish side Hamilton, could well be the man to fill Duffy’s boots. Assured on the ball, a fine passer and with experience of playing at a higher level, he looks eminently capable of bossing games from midfield.
One to watch
Diminutive right-back Izak Reid, a new signing from Macclesfield, has sparkled in pre-season and is no stranger to playing in a more advanced position. His arrival will give the Shrimps a valuable alternative outlet.
Most likely to eke out an unspectacular existence in lower mid-table, the Shrimps should prove too strong to be drawn into the relegation vortex, but ultimately not good enough to trouble the division’s promotion-chasers.
Ben: Definitely too good to go down, but it’s hard to see them improving on last season’s placing.
Danny: Lower reaches of the table but not in any danger.
Maxi: Some key signings will give Morecambe enough to stay up.
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