Morecambe boss takes positives from Kilmarnock draw

Kevin Ellison appears to be brought down by Kilmarnock 'keeper Craig Samson during the friendly at the Globe Arena.

Kevin Ellison appears to be brought down by Kilmarnock 'keeper Craig Samson during the friendly at the Globe Arena.

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was largely pleased with what he saw in his side’s final pre-season workout against Kilmarnock.

New boy Paul Mullin celebrated putting pen to paper by scoring both goals in the 2-2 draw at the Globe Arena on Saturday with Tope Obadeyi’s 25-yard thunderbolt two minutes from time denying Bentley’s side the win.

Morecambe’s final pre-season friendly at Kendal on Tuesday night is likely to feature largely reserve and youth team players ahead of the season opener at Dagenham on August 9.

The Shrimps boss said: “It was a good final workout against good opposition.

“I was disappointed to concede two but you hold your hands up for the second goal as it was an unbelievable strike from the lad.

“It was flat in spells and I was a little frustrated because we didn’t really deploy what we’d worked on in training but it’s pre-season and we had the fans open day on the Friday so it was a little bit out of the norm.

“But with the frustrating stuff there was some very, very good stuff.

“We created chances, they had chances, mainly through our poor play, but we’re trying to get the lads to express themselves and go out and play.

“But there were good signs and a good sharp week now and I’m sure we’ll step up ready for Dagenham.”

Bentley reserved special praise for Mullin who starred after coming off the bench.

He said: “It was all agreed on Friday when Marcus Marshall left.

“He’s one of the fittest in the fitness tests, he’s scored a few goals, created chances, works unbelievably hard and probably doesn’t want to be classed as a youngster but he’s only 19.

“He was a young player at a Championship club but now at a League 2 club he’s right in the mix with the other more experienced lads.

“He’s staked his claim and I thought he was exceptional when he came on. He got two great goals, nearly had a hat-trick, he worked hard, put himself about and is a good footballer.

“He’s proven with his five goals in pre-season, and he’s not played that many minutes when you tot them up, that the future looks bright.”