Talking Points: Morecambe make Accrington hoodoo a thing of the past

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.
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Reporter Adam Lord looks at Morecambe’s first Football League win over Accrington Stanley

And now finally we can move on...

We all told ourselves that the run against Accrington Stanley would end sooner rather than later but did we really believe it? To be brutally honest, I’m not sure I did until the final whistle on Saturday. Morecambe have played far better against their Lancashire rivals and not won but looking back it was clear it was meant to be The Shrimps’ day on Saturday. For large parts Accrington were the better side but they couldn’t press home any territorial advantage they had. And when the chance did come Josh Windass, one of a number of Stanley players to impress, could only fire over from six yards when it looked easier to score. Let’s be honest, no-one cares how it happened, we’re just pleased that Saturday was Morecambe’s day.

Manner of victory could be a good sign but more is needed

Even when it’s not Accrington there’s nothing wrong with winning when you’re not playing well. The old cliche goes that it’s a pretty good sign. However, a note of caution with this is that Jim Bentley will know his side have to improve in an opening month that concludes with games against Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Notts County. It was an important to get off the mark on Saturday, ending the hoodoo in the process, because with that run to come there was a real possibility Morecambe would be facing up to their first poor start under Bentley. Now they take plenty of momentum into that run of matches and will be eager to kick on.

Wildig proves he is a key man already

I often get tweets asking for the latest on what’s going on at the Globe Arena. The volume asking about health of Aaron Wildig ahead of Saturday’s game hit a new height though. It is clear how important is to The Shrimps even at this early stage of his Morecambe career. He has carried on the form he showed during his loan spell and could really be the missing link. Bentley wanted more from his midfield, especially in terms of goals, and having hinted and what might be to come in pre-season Wildig’s off and running with a goal that will go down as a big one in the recent history of the club. He’s set himself a target of five goals but given his fine form that seems a little modest.

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