Morecambe captain gutted as Fleetwood grab late point

Morecambe captain Mark Hughes.
Morecambe captain Mark Hughes.
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Morecambe captain Mark Hughes admitted he was “gutted” as the Shrimps came close to picking up all three points at Fleetwood on Saturday.

Iain Hume’s 85th-minute goal brought the hosts level at 2-2 before Robbie Threlfall saw a stoppage time effort spectacularly headed off the line by Charlie Taylor.

It was however a much-improved display from Jim Bentley’s side who ended a run of three straight defeats.

The central defender, who cancelled out Antoni Sarcevic’s 10th-minute free-kick with a header half way through the opening period, said: “I’m gutted really.

“If people had said before the game we were going to get a point we would have taken it but the manner of the draw after playing so well for 85 minutes is a bit of a sickener.

“But we’ve got to take the positives because I thought we were the better team. I don’t think Baz (Roche), apart from the goal, has had to make a save.

“And when we got our noses in front we thought it was going to be our day but it wasn’t to be.

“We even had Robbie’s shot off the line in the last minute.

“It feels like two points dropped but some will say it’s a point gained.”

The Shrimps benefited from neutralising the Cod Army by playing three central defenders in a 3-4-3 system.

Hughes said: “We had a gameplan and they had no answer to it to be honest.

“We hit them on the break and looked dangerous and with a little ball here or there we could have been a couple more ahead.

“We stopped their full backs from coming forward by keeping lads up. We had an extra man at the back, an outlet with our wing backs and it worked.

“Everyone put a great shift in and on any other day it could have been three points but that’s the way it’s going for us at the moment.

“People say you make your own luck but I’m still waiting for ours to come.”

As impressive as the performance was the result leaves the Shrimps just three points clear of the relegation places in 19th after Northampton’s 1-0 win over Burton Albion.

Hughes however believes more of what the Shrimps showed on Saturday will see them safe.

He said: “If we play like that for the rest of the season I don’t think we’ll have any problems staying in the league.

“Everyone’s fighting for every point but we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and with a few more points we’ll hopefully go into the last game of the season not needing anything.

“We’ve got to keep our heads up and keep going.”