Bentley: Wolves win my best night as a manager

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley celebrates the Shrimps' victory over Wolves.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley celebrates the Shrimps' victory over Wolves.

Jim Bentley hailed Morecambe’s famous win over Wolves on Tuesday night as the best of his managerial career.

Ryan Williams’ stunning free-kick five minutes from time dumped Kenny Jackett’s side out of the competition to cause a major upset in front of the Sky cameras.

Bentley said: “It’s right up there with the best nights of my career.

“As a player Wembley was obviously my highlight. We’ve had some good results, Blackpool and Barnsley in this competition and plenty in the league, the 6-0 win over Crawley springs to mind.

“But to do it on a night like tonight in front of the Sky cameras with the country watching I thought it was a decent game and we put in a good performance.

“It’s probably my highlight as a manager.”

The Morecambe boss was well aware that it could be a memorable night at the Globe Arena and was delighted to see his side come through.

He said: “It’s a massive high for us, a fantastic result.

“All things considered, the size of Wolves, at home in front of the Sky cameras, scratching to get a bench together, players playing slightly out of position, legs getting tired and the manner of which we bounced back from Saturday it had all the makings of a great cup tie and we certainly delivered.”

While praising Williams’ late stunner, Bentley admitted he was considering taking off the midfielder before he scored the decisive goal.

The Shrimps boss said: “It was an unbelievable strike.

“We all know he’s got that in his locker, he’s full of potential, he’s done it in training, he’s done it in the reserves and he’s threatened to do it in the first team a few times.

“We just thought at the time that he was a little bit tired and we were looking at bringing him off and he had to have a fight with Tony Diagne to take it because he was confident that he could put it in and what a great strike it was.”

Asked who he wanted in the next round, Evertonian Bentley had no doubts.

He said: “If we get Everton in the next round I’ll be doing cartwheels for a week.”

The draw takes place on Thursday, live on Sky Sports News at 12.30pm.