MORECAMBE boss Jim Bentley said his could be proud of themselves after their Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday night.
The Shrimps went down 2-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a James McClean brace but Bentley and opposite number Martin O’Neill were both impressed with the League 2 side’s display.
“I thought the lads gave a good account of themselves considering the league differences and the quality Sunderland had,” said Bentley.
“I think the lads can be proud of themselves. Martin O’Neill was very complimentary about how we played at the end.”
On the strong Sunderland line-up he said: “That’s what we wanted, to pit our wits against a really, really strong side.
“And as a big Evertonian, Louis Saha is a bit of a hero of mine, so it was nice to see him come on too.”
Bentley also paid tribute to the 610 Morecambe fans who made the trip to the North East.
“They were really great at Blackpool in the last round and carried us through in the end.
“And tonight they sang throughout and I just want to thank them for really getting behind the lads.”
O’Neill said: “I thought Morecambe played very well. They played competitively and wanted to play football.
“We had them watched and tonight was the best I’d seen them play.”