Bentley: Trophy exit won’t take wind out of our sails

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley insisted going out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to Carlisle on penalties wouldn’t hit his side’s confidence.

The Shrimps are seven League 2 games unbeaten but bowed out of the competition 4-3 on spot kicks after it had ended 0-0 in 90 minutes.

Bentley said: “I’m gutted that we’ve lost the game.

“It’s a great opportunity to get to Wembley but it wasn’t to be.

“It’s always disappointing to lose in any game of football but even more so on penalties.

“It becomes a lottery and unfortunately for us we missed two of ours.

“But there’s plenty of positives. A clean sheet against a side from the division higher than us and it keeps the unbeaten run going.

“I don’t really take penalties into consideration. After 90 minutes we’ve drawn the game.

“It won’t take the wind out of our sails that’s for sure.”

Ryan Williams and Andy Fleming missed the spot kicks for the Shrimps as Carlisle proved to be clinical from the 12 yards.

Bentley said: “It’s the first one that hurts you the most because it puts a lot of pressure on Flemo.

“It’s not like him, he warms up most of the time in training by taking penalties.

“Kenny’s (McKenna, assistant manager) just said to him he should have put it on the edge of the box and taken it!

“It’s disappointing but it’s a learning curve for him. He’s 22 years of age, 18 months ago he was playing in the Welsh Premier League and now he’s playing in derby matches in front of a vocal crowd.

“It’s disappointing but life goes on.

“The lads will be off tomorrow (Wednesday) and we’ll be back in Thursday and we’ll make sure we get them fired up to keep our league programme going at Bury (on Saturday).”