Wycombe started the New Year with a defeat as Morecambe claimed a 2-0 victory at Adams Park.Played in horribly wet conditions, the Blues played the remaining 10 minutes with 10 men after keeper Matt Ingram was sent off, but it didn’t affect the result as Shaun Miller and Jamie Devitt goals gave the Shrimps all three points.
The Blues came in to the match in sparkling form, winning three games on the spin over the festive period and made three changes to the side that beat Crawley on Monday.
Experienced heads Joe Jacobson, Matt Bloomfield and Garry Thompson all came back into the starting line-up, while skipper Paul Hayes missed the match after picking up a knock in that 2-0 victory.
The opening half was a scrappy affair as both sides struggled to deal with the heavy rain. A Kevin Ellison free kick from 25 yards made Matt Ingram scramble across his goal and the Blues keeper managed to turn the ball round the post.
There was a lengthy break in play on 12 after former Wycombe midfielder and Shrimps captain Peter Murphy suffered what appeared to be a serious looking injury, leaving the field on a stretcher following a challenge with Luke O’Nien.
Andy Parrish came close to connecting with a corner for the visitors on 35 and the Blues went up the other end with Max Kretzschmar almost connecting with a low cross from Jason McCarthy as the game started to come to life.
A surging run by Sam Wood down the left wing on 39 minutes led to the wide man crossing low to the near post, but a Morecambe defender poked it clear just before the arriving Thompson.
The rain hadn’t eased by the time the second half started and a defensive slip by Aaron Pierre almost let Shrimps forward Shaun Miller in inside the first few minutes but the centre half recovered well to clear.
But Miller wasn’t to be denied as he fortuitously gave Morecambe the lead on 54. A deep cross to the backpost found the veteran Ellison, who nodded across the six yard box. Anthony Stewart miscontrolled and the ball bounced up onto Miller who bundled the ball past Ingram from point blank range without knowing too much about it.
It was nearly two on 62 minutes as Miller was lurking from a Jamie Devitt cross on the right but the Blues defence managed to scramble it clear after a bit of pinball in the area.
Wycombe struggled to get a foothold in the game and create anything to get back on level terms. The dreadful conditions meant both sides struggled to play it on the ground and it was Morecambe who struck the killer blow to make it 2-0 on 84 minutes.
Morecambe substitute Aaron Wildig burst through the middle and rounded Ingram in the area, but the keeper could only bring him down and was shown a straight red card by the referee.
With all three substitutions made, it was Jason McCarthy who took responsibility and grabbed the gloves to face Jamie Devitt’s penalty, but the Southampton loanee couldn’t keep out his low shot despite diving the right way.
The closing stages were played out without incident as the Blues winning run came to an end. The Chairboys will be hoping to bounce back in the mouth-watering FA Cup clash against Aston Villa next Saturday.
Line up: Ingram, McCarthy, Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, Wood (Ugwu 70), O’Nien, Bloomfield, Kretzschmar (Udumaga 62), Thompson (Amadi-Holloway 70)
Subs: Lynch, Jombati, McGinn, Rowe