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Report, highlights & reaction: Morecambe 1-1 Derby County

Goalkeeper Connor Ripley saved two penalties as the Shrimps battled to an excellent point in League One at the Mazuma.

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Morecambe had a good chance to take the lead early on when Caleb Watts' through ball put Kieran Phillips one on one with Derby goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith who produced a good save.

Jensen Weir laid the ball off to Adam Mayor forced Wildsmith into another save, before Phillips had another good chance on 17 minutes when he beat several Derby players before his low shot was saved.

The Rams were awarded a penalty on 38 minutes when Dobbin went down under Anthony O’Connor’s challenge, but Shrimps’ stopper Ripley produced an excellent save down to his left to deny James Collins.

Morecambe took the lead in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half when the ball fell to Weir on the edge of the box after being kept in play by Mayor. Weir took a touch before driving home from 20 yards off the post.

The visitors were awarded another penalty less than a minute into the second half. A volley from Collins smashed off the bar before the rebound was judged to have been blocked by the hands of Delaney. Ripley was the Shrimps hero for a second time as he dived to his right to palm away David McGoldrick’s spot kick.

Derby kept pushing and equalised just before the hour mark when Louie Sibley’s shot from the edge of the box found the bottom corner, with the aid of a deflection,

Substitute William Osula almost made an instant impact off the bench and put the visitors ahead, but the striker lifted his shot over the bar with 15 minutes to go.

12 minutes from time substitute Dylan Connolly pulled it back to Ryan Delaney on the edge the box whose side footed effort was blocked in the area, before Connolly again burst through on goal but was fouled by Eiran Cashin. Despite the appeals for a red card, the Derby man was only cautioned.

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