Morecambe boss Bentley impressed with Ward and Wildig

Danny Ward claims a cross on his Morecambe debut against Carlisle.
Danny Ward claims a cross on his Morecambe debut against Carlisle.

Jim Bentley was impressed with both of his new faces in the draw at Carlisle on Saturday.

Loanees Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward and Shrewsbury midfielder Aaron Wildig arrived at the Globe Arena on Friday and were thrown straight into the action at Brunton Park.

Aaron Wildig goes for goal against Carlisle.

Aaron Wildig goes for goal against Carlisle.

Ward will miss The Shrimps’ game at Exeter this Saturday however as he will be with the Wales squad that faces Israel.

Bentley was impressed with the 21-year-old’s debut in the absence of the suspended Andreas Arestidou.

He said: “He’s been on the bench for the first team so knows all about pressure situations.

“Making his debut away from home I thought he was fantastic.

“He’s a great lad and down to earth. Sometimes you get players from big clubs and they can be a little bit full of themselves, but he’s got a great temperament.

“He made a great save in the first half, he’s got a great leap on crosses and he kicked well.

“He can be very pleased with his league debut and while he’s here he’ll gain experience and hopefully in years to come he’ll go onto bigger and better things and he’ll look back and see that Morecambe played a part in the development of his career.”

Ward wasn’t the only debutant with Wildig also starting in the middle of the park after sealing his move 24 hours earlier.

Bentley said: “I thought we needed a bit of freshness in midfield. We’ve struggled there.

“It was more of a battling performance in the first half but he got into some decent positions.

“He did a good job for the team, is a good technical player, he knows the level and the two above so at 22 he’s got attributes to go back up the levels in his career.

“His face is not fitting at Shrewsbury at the minute but they’ve got a good squad.

“He can be pleased with his debut and we knew after only four or five games this season he’d blow up a bit so that’s why he came off after an hour.”