Morecambe boss Bentley: Bradford winner looked like handball

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.

Jim Bentley rued his side’s misfortune as Morecambe were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by a controversial goal on Tuesday night.

Shrimps players, in particular Barry Roche and skipper Mark Hughes, were furious as referee Scott Duncan allowed Aaron McLean’s winner for Bradford eight minutes from time as the 2013 finalists prevailed 1-0 at the Globe Arena.

And the Morecambe boss conceded having watched video footage that it looked like the goal should have been disallowed.

He said: “It was hard for us to see from the dugout but between the liner and referee they should maybe do better.

“I’ve just seen it on the monitor and it did look like handball. But that’s the way it goes.

“If the officials have missed it we’ve got to take it on the chin and accept it but hopefully the luck evens itself out.

“We’ve had a couple of decisions at the weekend at Dagenham. Was it a penalty or wasn’t it a penalty? Was it a foul on the edge of the box (for Kevin Ellison’s opener)?

“But they both went our way and we ran out worthy winners so it’s a fine dividing line.”

Bentley however felt his side had done more than enough to at least take the game into extra-time.

He said: “We had a good go at them, we created chances and I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.

“I thought it was a good game of football, two teams going at it and trying to win the game, but unfortunately we’ve just dipped below that fine dividing line and it’s unfortunate that we’re talking about a controversial decision and not a better goal to settle the sides.

“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and that’s what I’ve said to the lads, we’ve got another big game on Saturday and we can’t let this knock back take the wind out of our sails after a fantastic start at Dagenham.”