David Dunn wants Barrow AFC to “tidy up” defensively as they bid to get back to winning ways - starting at Morecambe tonight.

The Bluebirds return to action at the Mazuma Stadium as they attempt to climb League Two.

Dunn’s 19th-placed side are back on the road tonight, making the short trip to face Derek Adams’ side after a trio of home games.

Barrow are winless in six in all competitions and will be looking to pick up their second away victory since their return to the Football League.

Manager Dunn says, in order to do that, his team need to cut out the manner of many of the goals they have concede so far in 2020/21.

He said: “I know that, from the 22 goals we’ve conceded [in the league], 16 have either been by a penalty – which could mean a silly tackle in the box – set-pieces or crosses.

“As soon as we tidy that up we’ll start winning football matches.”

Dunn, though, was happier with his side’s rearguard effort last time out in the FA Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon.

Barrow held the League One Dons over 120 minutes last Thursday before going down on penalties.

The shoot-out setback meant a free weekend for the Bluebirds after a hectic schedule, with Dunn hoping a refreshed side can now prevail against Adams’ 14th-placed Shrimps.

The AFC boss says there was much to be encouraged by in Barrow’s display against Wimbledon and he says a change of fortune in front of goal can also restore the winning habit.

Dimitri Sea’s effort that came back off the woodwork against the south London outfit was typical of their recent fortunes, Dunn insisted.

He said: “Someone told me it was the 12th time we’d hit the woodwork this season.

“We just need to find that little bit of luck.

“I’m not daft, I know it’s about winning football matches, but the way we went about that game was good.

“Fingers crossed we can put in a really good performance [at Morecambe] and start picking up those wins.”

Tonight’s game (kick-off 6.30pm) sees the first competitive meeting between the two sides for 20 years – the last being a 2-0 Lancashire Junior Cup quarter-final victory for Barrow in 2000.

It is AFC’s first competitive game at the Mazuma Stadium, all their previous away fixtures against Morecambe having come at the Shrimps’ former Christie Park home.

It will also be the first Football League encounter between the two clubs.