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Gary McDonald produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Laurence Wilson produces a cross, save by Freddy Hall.
The ball is crossed by Garry Hunter.
The ball is swung over by Laurence Wilson, Andy Holt manages to make a clearance.
(Northampton) makes a substitution, with Andy Holt coming on for Akwasi Asante.
The ball is delivered by Laurence Wilson, Header from close in by Danny Carlton misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris McCready by Akwasi Asante. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.
Corner taken by Michael Jacobs played to the near post, clearance made by Chris McCready.
Lewis Young fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Tozer fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Freddy Hall.
Chris McCready concedes a free kick for a foul on Kelvin Langmead. Saido Berahino goes off and Jake Robinson comes on. Direct free kick taken by Freddy Hall.
The official flags Lewis Young offside. Jason Price comes on in place of Phil Jevons. Laurence Wilson takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Laurence Wilson, Kevin Ellison finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Morecambe 1-2 Northampton.Assist by Laurence Wilson.
Laurence Wilson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Freddy Hall makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Garry Hunter, Kevin Ellison takes a shot. Save by Freddy Hall.
Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line, clearance made by Akwasi Asante.
Laurence Wilson sends in a cross, Lewis Young gets a block in.
Andy Parrish takes a shot. Save made by Freddy Hall.
Gary McDonald sends in a cross, Jason Crowe makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Garry Hunter.
Corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line, save by Freddy Hall.
The ball is delivered by Andy Parrish.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs.
Ben Harding takes a shot. Chris McCready gets a block in.
Andy Parrish crosses the ball, save by Freddy Hall.
Corner taken right-footed by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ben Harding.
Laurence Wilson produces a cross, blocked by Lewis Young.
Lewis Alessandra has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
Foul by Laurence Wilson on Saido Berahino, free kick awarded. Ben Harding crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Garry Hunter.
Saido Berahino takes a shot. Blocked by Chris McCready.
Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Chris McCready gets a block in.
Lewis Alessandra produces a cross, Danny Carlton produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Centre by Blair Adams, blocked by Gary McDonald.
Phil Jevons takes a shot. The ball is crossed by Garry Hunter. Ben Tozer gets a block in.
Ben Harding takes a shot. Blocked by Chris McCready.
Danny Carlton delivers the ball, blocked by Blair Adams.
Gary McDonald sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Danny Carlton misses to the right of the goal.
Akwasi Asante gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Morecambe 0-2 Northampton.Assist by Saido Berahino.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Ellison, Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.
Laurence Wilson delivers the ball, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.
Foul by Lewis Alessandra on Akwasi Asante, free kick awarded. Michael Jacobs produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Garry Hunter gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Lewis Young, Nick Fenton makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Crowe on Kevin Ellison. Laurence Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick, John Johnson makes a clearance.
Lewis Alessandra delivers the ball, Phil Jevons takes a shot. Freddy Hall makes a save.
Blair Adams concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Carlton. Laurence Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Gary McDonald sends in a cross, save by Freddy Hall.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Jacobs on Gary McDonald. Kevin Ellison has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The official flags Saido Berahino offside. Free kick taken by Chris McCready.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Phil Jevons. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.
Foul by Andy Parrish on Akwasi Asante, free kick awarded. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.
Kevin Ellison sends in a cross, clearance by Ben Tozer.
Akwasi Asante fouled by Andy Parrish, the ref awards a free kick. Blair Adams takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Gary McDonald, clearance by John Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Laurence Wilson, save by Freddy Hall.
The ball is sent over by Michael Jacobs, Chris McCready makes a clearance.
Centre by Laurence Wilson. Gary McDonald is caught offside. Freddy Hall takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Blair Adams on Lewis Alessandra. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lewis Alessandra, clearance by Ben Tozer.
Michael Jacobs takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, John Johnson scores a headed goal from close in. Morecambe 0-1 Northampton.Michael Jacobs provided the assist for the goal.
Danny Carlton concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Harding. Ben Tozer takes the direct free kick.
Lewis Alessandra sends in a cross, Shot on goal by Phil Jevons from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
John Johnson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.
The offside flag is raised against Phil Jevons. Free kick taken by Freddy Hall.
Michael Jacobs sends in a cross.
Effort from a long way out by Danny Carlton goes wide right of the target.
Shot from 25 yards by Lewis Alessandra. Save by Freddy Hall.
Laurence Wilson takes a corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jevons on Freddy Hall. Freddy Hall takes the direct free kick.
Reid not right
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley will be without wideman Izak Reid for the visit of Northampton.
Reid is facing a month on the sidelines after suffering a hernia injury last weekend.
Forward Kevin Ellison made a goalscoring return from his troublesome back injury by netting the winner in Monday's 1-0 triumph at Crewe - Morecambe's first victory in nine attempts - and suffered no ill reaction.
The Gresty Road success came on the back of a 2-2 draw with Burton on New Year's Eve and left boss Jim Bentley satisfied with his side's progress during a hectic period.
"It was a busy weekend and to take four points from two games is good but we have to build on that now," he told the Morecambe Visitor. "I have been really pleased with the two displays over the weekend.
"We used the full squad and got the results I think our performances deserved. We have had a bad spell and I have been a nightmare to live with but despite the results most of the performances have been good."
Northampton have no new injury or suspension problems.
Kelvin Langmead, who had been on loan at Sixfields since August, signed an 18-month permanent deal with the Cobblers on Thursday after his contract with Peterborough was terminated by mutual consent.
Saido Berahino will continue in attack after his loan deal from West Brom was extended until February 4 this week.
Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd has options should he wish to make changes from the side that drew 1-1 at Shrewsbury, with defender Ashley Corker, midfielder Andy Holt and forwards Jake Robinson and Adebayo Akinfenwa among those players vying for recalls.
Ahead of the game Boothroyd said: "It was a terrific point at Shrewsbury. I think they are a very good team and they are in a position that we would like to be in eventually.
"We need to build on that because Morecambe will be another difficult game, they are a well-organised and strong, physical side. We are scoring goals but we need to keep clean sheets and that has got to be our priority at the moment."
Boothroyd breaks Cobblers duck
Aidy Boothroyd picked up his first win as Northampton boss with a battling 2-1 victory over Morecambe in npower League Two.
Cobblers' midfielder John Johnson broke the deadlock on 22 minutes when he beat his man to head a Michael Jacobs corner past Barry Roche from close range, despite the Morecambe goalkeeper claiming he had been impeded.
On-loan striker Akwasi Asante then doubled the advantage in the 52nd minute with a long-range strike that beat Roche low to his right.
The Shrimps then piled on the pressure with Kevin Ellison pulling a goal back nine minutes before the end, converting a fine Laurence Wilson cross.
The home side then peppered the Northampton goal, with Danny Carlton missing two fine chances and Gary McDonald and Lewis Alessandra both going close, but the visitors clung on for a first win since October.
"Benitez is manager of the month"