Hard knock life for Lewis

City goalkeeper Joe Lewis has been in the wars again - suffering a broken nose in a brilliant man of the match display for Morecambe. The 20-year-old was said to be “looking more like boxer Joe Louis” than Joe Lewis after his bravery helped the Shrimps to a 2-1 home win over Bury in League Two.

City goalkeeper Joe Lewis has been in the wars again - suffering a broken nose in a brilliant man of the match display for Morecambe.

The 20-year-old was said to be “looking more like boxer Joe Louis” than Joe Lewis after his bravery helped the Shrimps to a 2-1 home win over Bury in League Two.

Lewis once again ended the game bruised and battered as he added the broken nose to the 20 stitches he needed after suffering a facial injury at Rotherham last month.

Already wearing protective headgear, he refused to go off the pitch after being struck accidentally by Bury's Andy Mangan and went on to make a string of fine late saves to add to his growing reputation.


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With Morecambe 2-0 ahead, Lewis did well to get down low to his right to hold on to Richard Barker's 25-yarder before racing out to thwart Mangan in the incident in which he suffered his injury.

Lewis battled through the pain, however, to save superbly from Nicky Adams and he made two excellent late saves from Liam Hughes to guarantee his side victory.

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Only last week, City boss Glenn Roeder lamented the fact that he was unable to recall Lewis because of the terms of his loan. Steve Arnold, 18, was on the bench for the game against Coventry.

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