Talking Points: Sheffield United strike late to break Morecambe hearts in Capital One Cup

Paul Mullin on the ball against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
Paul Mullin on the ball against Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Reporter Adam Lord looks at what we learned from Morecambe’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Tuesday night.

Another tale of what might have been

I’m not one to copy and paste something I’ve already written but there were plenty of similarities between the defeat to Sheffield United and the opening day reverse at Hartlepool.

Again there was plenty of promising football, and chances, but ultimately The Shrimps have come away empty handed.

Some of the intricate passing in and around the box was a joy to watch with Lee Molyneux, Jamie Devitt and Aaron Wildig to the fore. In truth, The Shrimps look a goal or two away from giving someone a real hiding.

But at the end of two games the facts read that no goals have been scored in two defeats ahead of Accrington’s visit to the Globe Arena on Saturday.

How’s your luck?

Morecambe will be hoping their luck is finally in when they try to defeat Stanley at the 17th attempt in the Football League.

Jim Bentley is certainly due some after seeing Aaron Wildig hobble off in the second half on Tuesday night on the day it was confirmed Peter Murphy’s knee injury will rule him out for three months.

You could argue that in the space of a few days Bentley has lost his leader and star man.

Wildig was a revelation in pre-season having made his loan move from Shrewsbury to the Globe Arena a permanent one and was causing Sheffield United plenty of problems on Tuesday night in a more advanced position.

Now for the second time in a week all fingers are crossed. Morecambe will just be hoping for better news this time around.

Mullin carrying on fine form

When Jack Redshaw departed for Blackpool plenty of eyes were on how Paul Mullin would develop this season. 
Seven goals in pre-season suggested he was ready to fill Redshaw’s boots and on Tuesday night he was bright pretty much from start to finish, driving at the Sheffield United defence from across the frontline.

Always willing to shoot, his endeavour and willingness to work has made him a real fan favourite.

If anything he was short of a little support on Tuesday night but it is always a fine balance for Bentley with The Shrimps being big underdogs on Tuesday.

Mullin, like the team as a whole, now just needs a goal to get up and running, and then who knows what the former Liverpool youngster can achieve this season.

Look back at the game with our Shrimps Live blog