‘Fantastic’ display was best of season

Ken McKenna and Jim Bentley sat on the bench against Bury.
Ken McKenna and Jim Bentley sat on the bench against Bury.

Morecambe assistant boss Ken McKenna praised a “fantastic” team performance as The Shrimps bounced back from a poor run with a fine win over Bury.

Kevin Ellison’s goal 20 minutes from time was enough to see off David Flitcroft’s much-fancied Shakers in an enthralling clash at the Globe Arena on Saturday as Jim Bentley’s side picked up a first win in five.

McKenna said: “The lads have been under some pressure but have worked really hard this week.

“Every man there’s done his job and it was fantastic, probably our best 90 minutes of the season.”

The Shrimps could have won by more as chances came and went in the closing stages but Ellison’s seventh goal of the season, converting a rebound after Jack Redshaw’s initial effort was saved, was decisive.

McKenna said: “They’re an excellent side.

“Looking at the system we knew they had a back four but ahead of that you’re not too sure because of the rotation.

“We had to make sure defensively we were switched on and we limited them to very little.

“As the game went on we created lots of chances and the only concern was was one going to be enough.

“The concentration levels were great and thankfully it was.”

Morecambe’s poor form had reached a new low with the FA Cup exit at Dover with McKenna and Bentley knowing a reaction against the Shakers was key.

The assistant boss said: “Everyone was disappointed last week. We accept that the fans were angry, we were angry.

“But it’s how you react to it, do you sulk and moan and let it affect you or do you get on with the next game.

“We were already thinking about Bury on the way home from Dover.

“Myself and Jim aren’t soft, we took in the chin and focused on doing our best for the football club because that’s all we can do.”