Sunderland 2-0 Morecambe

Sunderland's Adam Johnson vies for the ball with Morecambe's Andy Fleming. Picture: PA
Sunderland's Adam Johnson vies for the ball with Morecambe's Andy Fleming. Picture: PA
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Two goals from James McClean knocked Morecambe out of the Capital One Cup at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

Jim Bentley's side battled hard as the Black Cats controlled possession for long periods of the game but goals in each half from the Republic of Ireland international meant the Shrimps exited the competition at the second round stage.

With Martin O'Neill giving debuts to Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson, the game started evenly with the Shrimps holding their own against their more illustrious opponents.

Sunderland left back Jack Colback forced Barry Roche into his first save of the night on 20 minutes, the Shrimps 'keeper saving a shot from the edge of the area well with his legs after an excellent Fletcher lay off from a long Johnson pass.

Just minutes later the home side were in front however, McLean rising highest at the near post to head home a Johnson corner, a goal that will have been all too simple for Jim Bentley's liking.

The home side dominated possession for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes with Johnson coming closest to doubling their advantage, his near post effort from 10 yards out beaten away by Roche.

Like the first period, the second 45 minutes started in a sedate manner before Lewis Alessandra whistled a shot just past Keiren Westwood's right hand post from 20 yards out just before the hour mark.

Five minutes later however the game was all but over as a contest after McClean picked up a Johnson centre and did well to avoid a despairing tackle from Andy Parrish before slotting the ball past Roche from 12 yards.

The winger nearly had his hat-trick less than ten minutes later when he cut in from the right and fired a rasping right foot drive over the bar.

Despite the home side creating several openings Morecambe held on for the final 20 minutes, ensuring they put in a more than respectable showing on the big stage.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: "I thought the lads gave a good account of themselves considering the league differences and the quality Sunderland had.

"I think the lads can be proud of themselves. Martin O'Neill was very complimentary about how we played at the end."

Morecambe: Roche, Parrish, Fenton, Haining, Threlfall, Wright, Fleming, McDonald, Reid (Ellison 60), Alessandra (Redshaw 71), Brodie (Carlton 60). Subs not used: Burrow, Drummond, McCready, Redshaw

Attendance: 22,871