Bentley: Dunbavin the difference

Ian Dunbavin celebrates his penalty save from Richard Brodie in injury time.
Ian Dunbavin celebrates his penalty save from Richard Brodie in injury time.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley lauded Ian Dunbavin’s performance as “Premiership quality” after the Accrington stopper earned his side a point at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

Dunbavin capped an outstanding performance in the goalless draw with a 92nd-minute penalty save to deny Richard Brodie what would have been a deserved winner for the Shrimps, who dominated proceedings in search of a first Football League win over their Lancashire rivals.

“It was a great performance from the lads,” said Bentley.

“We’ve tried to play the game the right way, knocked the ball around and created loads and loads of chances.

“But Ian Dunbavin tonight has put in a goalkeeping performance out of the top drawer. Some of the saves he’s made tonight are Premiership quality and he’s capped it off with a penalty save in the last minute.

“When that doesn’t go in you know it’s just not meant to be tonight. We can play a lot worse than that and win comfortably.”

Despite his frustrations the Shrimps boss was pleased to see a reaction from his side after criticising their display in the FA Cup stalemate with Rochdale on Saturday.

“I said to the lads after Saturday that wasn’t one of my teams,” Bentley said.

“I think we lacked a bit of passion, we didn’t win enough second balls, we weren’t brave enough. I told the lads we were lucky to still be in the cup and demanded a reaction.

“I wanted four points from the next two games, Accrington and home and Barnet at home, so I’ve just said in the dressing room that they shouldn’t let their heads drop.

“We just didn’t get the result our performance deserved tonight.

“But we’ve got to dust ourselves down and get geed up for Saturday and try and take this disappointment out on Barnet.”

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