Shrimps get dream draw

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe will travel to Premier League side Sunderland in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Jim Bentley’s side dumped Championship side Blackpool out of the competition 2-1 on Sunday and have now been rewarded with a trip to Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats.

The tie will be played in the week commencing Monday, August 27.

Sunday’s win at Bloomfield Road was a memorable day for the Shrimps and a victory Bentley says should give his side a huge boost ahead of the League 2 opener at Exeter on Saturday.

He said: “Although I am obviously delighted with the win on Sunday it was the performance that pleased me more than anything.

“We came up against a very strong Blackpool side and they put us under pressure.

“But we showed great organisation and commitment across the field and kept a shape which we have been working hard on in training.

“We kept things tight and hit them on the break a few times which is something we had worked on a lot in training.

“The task is now to make sure we carry that success over from Sunday into the Exeter game.

“It will be a very tough game for us because they will be a side eager to get back into League 1. But we certainly shouldn’t be afraid of them as Sunday showed.”