Morecambe boss Bentley: Let’s build momentum

Kevin Ellison is mobbed after scoring Morecambe's opener at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Kevin Ellison is mobbed after scoring Morecambe's opener at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has challenge his side to build on their fine opening day victory at Dagenham & Redbridge - starting with their Capital One Cup tie against Bradford City.

The Shrimps topped League 2 at the end of the opening day after a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Kevin Ellison, a Padraig Amond penalty and Jack Redshaw.

Bentley’s side now host League 1 Bradford on Tuesday night with home league games to come against Newport County, on Saturday, August 16, and Oxford United on Tuesday, August 19.

The Shrimps boss said: “It’s about building momentum.

“Last season we showed that you can go on an unbeaten run and I wanted to get off to a great start this time around.

“Psychologically it’s massive to get points on the board early on.

“We’ve started really well and want to keep that up now.”

The game against Bradford represents a return to a competition that the Shrimps are increasingly gaining a reputation in after their televised efforts against Wolves and Newcastle last year.

The Bantams themselves have fond memories of the Capital One Cup having reached the final in 2013 when still a League 2 club.

Bentley said: “We’re at home and it should be a good atmosphere.

“The Morecambe fans will be out for the first home game of the season and Bradford always travel well.

“We’ve enjoyed this stage of the competition in recent years and Bradford have obviously reached the final.

“They’ve got quality all over the pitch and I think James Hanson will be the main man for them.

“He’s an excellent big man and one of the best in the lower leagues.

“Aaron McLean has played at the top level and is coming back to fitness and they’ve got a good centre half partnership in Rory McArdle and Andrew Davies.

“They’ve come off the back of a late win against Coventry but we’ve proven that we’re capable of beating anyone in this competition.”

Defender Ryan Edwards is still a few weeks away from action after finger surgery while Shaun Beeley is a doubt for the Capital One Cup tie after a Dagenham player landed on his neck during the Shrimps’ opening day win on Saturday.