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Morecambe Vs Bournemouth, Sat 12 Dec 2009

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Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy is set to name an unchanged side for the home clash with second-placed Bournemouth.

The in-form Shrimps have won their last six League Two matches in succession and McIlroy looks certain to name the same starting line-up.

That means long-serving defender Jim Bentley will again be forced to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench.

Long-term absentee Manny Panther remains sidelined along with fellow midfielder Fraser McLachlan, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

McIlroy is calling on fans to turn out in force at Christie Park and says a bumper crowd is no more than they deserve.

He said: "I hope we get a really good turnout to get behind the lads."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has signed West Ham goalkeeper Marek Stech on a seven-day emergency loan deal.

Regular shot-stopper Shwan Jalal has failed a fitness test on his calf injury, so Stech is poised to make his debut with Dan Thomas on the bench.

Anton Robinson has returned to training following the back injury that forced him out of Saturday's 1-0 win over Shrewsbury, and he will be hoping to feature.

Fellow midfielder Sammy Igoe, who has struggled with a bruised marrow and shin problems this season, has now sustained a knee injury and faces a late fitness test. If he fails to make it, Joe Partington or Josh McQuoid could deputise.

Long-term absentees Shaun Cooper (hip), Mark Molesley (foot) and Scott Guyett (knee) remain on the sidelines.

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