Morecambe captain Hughes: FA Cup has come at a good time

Morecambe captain Mark Hughes. Picture: Matt Rushton

Morecambe captain Mark Hughes. Picture: Matt Rushton

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Morecambe captain Mark Hughes says Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Dover has come at the right time for the Shrimps.

Without a win in three League 2 games, Jim Bentley’s side make the long trip south hoping to avoid a cup upset in the first round.

The skipper said: “I think the game’s come at a good time.

“We had a sticky week losing against Exeter and Accrington but the mind’s off the league now and we can just go into this one game and give it our all and forget what’s happened.

“It’s gone. We can’t do anything about it apart from learn from it.”

Hughes is determined to make an impression in the FA Cup but is not looking past Saturday’s opponents.

He said: “Me and Kev (Ellison) were talking in the car saying all we want to do is get to that third round.

“I don’t think either of us have been there before.

“A cup run’s good for everyone. You can only beat who’s in front of you but everyone looks towards that third round and getting the big clubs.

“We’ve got to start on Saturday by beating Dover.”

The central defender in on guard against a possible giantkilling having faced lower league opposition in the past.

He said: “When I was at Walsall we played Stourbridge who were in the Evo-Stik or something like that and teams like that have got nothing to lose.

“The first 20 minutes is like a proper cup final for them.

“Dover are in the Conference but I don’t think league matters in the cup.

“Anyone can beat anyone and we’ve got to go there and be professional and expect what’s to come.”

The Shrimps’ build-up hasn’t been helped by having to draft in Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Joe Lumley at late notice.

Speaking before the 19-year-old signed, the captain said: “It’s been a bit of a mad few weeks with Baz being injured.

“You think that Stav’s going to come in and unluckily for him he got injured and now Fleetwood are not letting Scotty play for their own reasons.

“It’s football, these are the things that happen.

“There’s enough in the dressing room to try and get round him and make it as easy as possible for him.”