Morecambe 0 v 1 Bradford City (Capital One Cup 1st Round)
Bradford City arrived at the Globe Arena to face Morecambe looking to reach the second round of the Capital One Cup, manger Phil Parkinson made four changes from the side that beat Coventry on the opening day of the season.
Billy Clarke had the first effort on goal after seven minutes when he latched onto a bouncing ball to shoot from distance but the striker’s half-volley sailed a good yard wide of Barry Roche’s goal.
Morecambe should have taken the lead on twelve minutes when Andy Parrish’s clever ball down the line found Jack Redshaw behind Alan Sheehan in the Bradford box. As Sheehan was unable to touch the striker for risk of giving a penalty away, Redshaw drove deep into the area but can only curl an effort wide of Ben Williams’ goal from a relatively tight angle.
On twenty-one minutes Jamie Devitt’s delivered a deep cross from a corner which was headed back across the box by Alan Goodall, before a lurking Andrew Wright headed over the Bradford crossbar.
Felipe Morais shot from outside the area on thirty-two minutes which was well blocked by the Morecamber defence, Matthew Dolan collected the loose ball and shot at goal, but his strike deflects up off a Morecambe defender before looping narrowly wide and behind for a corner.
The final effort of the half fell to Bradford City when Felipe Morais crossed into the area to see James Hanson out-jump Morecambe’s Andy Parrish and head the ball past a rooted Barry Roche, only to see Mark Hughes to get back and clear the ball off the line.
The second half was much more of a midfield battle, Rory McArdle went closest for City when just after the hour mark he got in front of the Morecambe goalkeeper but could only head the corner wide of the Shrimps goal.
On eighty-two minutes substitute Aaron Mclean scored at the third attempt after bundling the ball over the line from close range, however the Morecambe players were convinced he had put the ball into the goal with his hand.
Morecambe had the final effort of the match when Paul Mullin drove forward with the ball at pace before letting rip with a strike from just outside the box that Ben Williams pushed up to give Bradford the 1-0 and their name in the second round draw.
Speaking after the game manager Phil Parkinson said: “We’ve had Morecambe watched over pre-season and down at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday and we knew tonight was going to be tough.
Morecambe are a side who I feel can be pushing at the top end of League Two this season and they will have been looking to raise themselves tonight against a side at a higher level. I felt we handled the game well, in some tricky conditions with the wind and the rain.
We are learning about the team all the time, but we seemed to have a resiliency about us. That is something we are going to need throughout the season. Playing a game away from home you sometimes need different qualities to when you are playing at home and I felt we showed those qualities in the game tonight.
I am really pleased for Aaron getting the winner, the goal perhaps looked a bit of a scramble in the end but he has showed great awareness and movement to enable him to latch onto Billy Knott’s cross.
The win will keep confidence levels high for the trip to Walsall at the weekend, we still have lessons to learn as a team. but we will look to keep developing as a team throughout the season.”
Morecambe – Roche, Wright, Parrish, Hughes, Wilson, Goodall, Fleming, Devitt, Williams, Ellison, Redshaw (Subs) Arestidou, Kenyon, Sampson, Mullin, Drummond, Doyle, Amond
Bradford City – Williams, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Kennedy, Dolan, Morais, Yeates, Hanson, Clarke (Subs) Urwin, Davies, Mclean, Knott, Shariff, McBurnie, Pollard
Goals – (Bradford City) McLean (82)
Attendance – 2,395