Bentley: We showed character against Fleetwood

Ryan Williams battles Stewart Murdoch for possession. Picture: David Hurst
Ryan Williams battles Stewart Murdoch for possession. Picture: David Hurst
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Jim Bentley praised his side’s character as they dumped Fleetwood Town out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Morecambe came from a goal down to win 3-1 and move into round two at the expense of their Lancashire rivals at Highbury on Tuesday night.

Bentley was also pleased that a controversial decision to book Jack Redshaw for diving, when it appeared he should have had a penalty after being brought down by Cod Army ‘keeper Chris Maxwell, didn’t come back to haunt his much-changed side.

The Shrimps boss said: “It was a great result.

“They’re going well in their league, we’re going well in ours, they’ve got a very good squad and I fancy them to do well this season. I hope they do.

“Coming into the game we had a couple of lads who were running on empty and we had a suspension to contend with. We took a couple of knocks in the game too but we showed balls tonight.

“We went 1-0 down to a well-worked goal and you’re thinking it’s going to be a good test and it proved to be just that.

“But we dug in. For me, we should have had a penalty and if it is a penalty the ‘keeper should have been sent off but for some reason little Jack gets booked for diving.

“Thankfully we’re not stood here talking about that because that was a key moment that didn’t go our way.

“We scored a couple of really good goals and came in at half-time in the lead and we talked about being very strong, limiting the opposition to very little and hitting them on the break and we did just that. 
“I’m very, very pleased with the discipline, the work rate and the shape of the team. Every sub that went on put a shift in and it’s a fantastic result for us.”