Morecambe captain Hughes won’t be driven by revenge against Tranmere

Mark Hughes celebrates his goal in Morecambe's win over Luton.
Mark Hughes celebrates his goal in Morecambe's win over Luton.

Morecambe captain Mark Hughes insists revenge isn’t on his mind when Tranmere Rovers visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Shrimps skipper scored and was then sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Prenton Park back in August, a result that ended Morecambe’s perfect start to the season.

Hughes is hoping for a better afternoon this time around and insists he won’t be driven by memories of the red card he received for a clash with Kayode Odejayi.

The 28-year-old said: “They’re obviously good and bad memories, scoring and then getting sent off.

“It’s been and gone though.

“I’m not into I owe them one, or anything like that.

“It’s just another game to us and hopefully we can get another three points and kick on.”

Hughes is hoping the game will play host to another bumper Globe Arena crowd on the back of recent games against Bury, Luton and Carlisle.

The captain said: “No disrespect to Saturday (1,530 watched the draw with Stevenage) but I thought it was a little bit flat.

“When you’ve played Luton, Bury and Carlisle at home and they’ve got a bit of following behind the goal and then there isn’t anyone around in that stand it’s different but it’s up to us sometimes to get the crowd going.

“Hopefully they can bring a few fans and make it a good day.”

The skipper admitted that the Shrimps were fortunate to come away with a point against Boro on Saturday with the visitors denied what looked like a late penalty for Alan Goodall’s challenge on Roarie Deacon.

Hughes said: “I thought it was (a penalty) to be honest.

“If I was one of their lads I’d be disappointed and maybe we’ve had a bit of luck.

“We didn’t get it against Carlisle and Shrewsbury late on so maybe it was our turn this time.”

Morecambe had themselves missed a first-half penalty with Jack Redshaw hitting the crossbar after Kevin Ellison had been brought down just after the quarter hour.

Hughes said: “If the penalty had gone in it’s a different game but fair play to Stevenage I thought they were decent.

“They were well organised and stopped us from playing from the first whistle.

“They did a good job on us and probably overall I don’t think either side deserved to win the game.

“We take the positives, as a defender you’re happy with a clean sheet, and we move on and I think they’ll take a few points off teams away from home the way they play.”

The goalless scoreline represented another strong defensive display from the Shrimps however.

Hughes said: “Last year we had eight clean sheets all season and now we’ve got nine which is obviously something to build on.

“I know people say clean sheets wins games and they do, or obviously get you at least a point.

“If were not performing we’re still hard to beat.”