Morecambe 0 Burton Albion 1
Morecambe’s win-less run increased to six games after a 1-0 defeat against promotion-chasing Burton Albion at the Globe Arena.
An unstoppable strike from on-loan Wolves winger Zeli Ismail 19 minutes from time earned the Brewers a first-ever away Football League victory at Morecambe and helped them climb to fifth in League Two.
Gary Rowett’s side began the game on the front foot as they went in search of their first win in three games.
Former Tranmere striker Adam McGurk threatened early on but his deflected effort was tame and comfortably held by Barry Roche at the second attempt.
As the visitors continued to build momentum, Robbie Threlfall had to be on his toes to clear a Gary Alexander cross from underneath his own crossbar.
Shrimps pushed forward and only a narrow offside call prevented the home side from taking a 15th-minute lead when Jack Redshaw was marginally ahead of the Burton defence.
That brief moment of respite failed to change the pattern of the game however, and in desperate need of a win to sustain their promotion push the Brewers began to create some clear-cut chances of their own.
After a flowing move down the right-hand side, a low cross into the Morecambe box was met by the on-rushing Alexander but his first-time deflected shot was expertly pushed over the crossbar by Roche.
That remarkable piece of goalkeeping earned rapturous applause from the home fans and they were on their feet again as the Irishman got a strong right hand to an Alex MacDonald strike following a slip in the Morecambe defence.
Despite the away side creating all the openings, Kevin Ellison came close to breaking the deadlock for Shrimps.
A direct ball over the Burton defence by Jamie Devitt saw the experienced winger get in behind the Brewers’ back four but debutant keeper Rob Lainton was out quickly off his line to deny him with his chest.
After the break, with his side struggling to fashion any clear chances Jim Bentley sent on Jack Sampson in search of a goal and he twice went close.
Burton boss Rowett made some changes of his own and with two new wingers, the Brewers reaped the immediate rewards when sub Ismail turned inside onto his left foot and after several step-overs unleashed a ferocious shot past Rocher.
Morecambe: Roche; Beeley, Parrish, McCready, Threlfall (Diagne 13); Drummond, Wright, Williams (Sampson 57); Devitt (Amond 79), Redshaw, Ellison. Subs (not used): Arestidou, McGowan, Doyle, McGee
Burton Albion: Lainton; Edwards, Sharps, Cansdell-Sheriff, McCrory; MacDonald (Hussey 62), Weir, Palmer, Phillips (Ismail 62); Alexander (Kee 70), McGurk. Subs (not used): Lyness, Diamond, Bell, Knowles
Referee: R Joyce