Morecambe boss Jim Bentley praised the never-say-die attitude of his side as Jack Sampson’s 95th-minute goal handed them a vital point against Scunthorpe United on Good Friday.
The Shrimps number nine’s close-range header from Jamie Devitt’s cross means Bentley’s side are three points clear of the League 2 drop zone with three to play after the 1-1 draw.
Bentley said: “Credit to the lads who kept going until the end,
“They never know when they’re beaten. The amount of times we’ve come back from losing positions is fantastic.
“We kept plugging away, we changed out formation and got all our forward players on and kept asking questions but the ‘keeper pulled off some world-class saves.
“You’re just thinking it might not be your day especially with the handball when Kevin Ellison has put it in the back of the net.
“It looked like it was going to be another disappointing 1-0 but there wasn’t much between the teams and we got the all-important goal at the end and an all-important point.”
Bentley was particularly pleased with the impact of his substitutes with Sampson, Ryan Williams and Jack Redshaw impressing off the bench.
He said: “I always mention in the team talk that the players need to be mentally ready and I think the three players who went on today affected the game, caused problems and big Jack popped up with the all important goal.
“I’m made up for him. He does beat himself up as a young lad when he’s not scoring goals but that’s going to come with time.
“He’s got loads of strengths and he’s got to learn that he’s not going to go into every game and score.”
The Shrimps boss also paid tribute to the Globe Arena crowd, with almost 3,000 in attendance including nearly 1,200 Iron fans.
He said: “I thought the crowd were fantastic today.
“We need them, we’re not one of the bigger clubs at this level and times are tough so we all need to stick together.
“Everyone needs to come out fighting and that’s what the players did and the crowd got involved too.
“I’m absolutely made up for them that we scored in front of the home end in the 95th minute.
“I just hope no-one went home early.”