In an entertaining game at the Globe Arena, it was Bradford City who came out on top and booked themselves a place in the next round of the Capital One Cup. It was a game which Morecambe probably edged on the run of play, but Bradford scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time as substitute Aaron McLean bundled the ball over the line, although somewhat dubiously, with many of the Morecambe players claiming deliberate handball.

 

Morecambe FC

 Barry Roche – Not too much to do. Not at fault for the goal and more or less a routine performance. 7.0
 Andy Wright – Seemed comfortable at right-back, providing some good passes and decent defensive cover. 7.0
 Andy Parrish – Difficult task stopping James Hanson, won a few headers and by no means a poor display. 7.0
 Mark Hughes – Made an excellent goal line clearance in first half and commanded his defence well. 7.5
Laurence Wilson – Failed to do as much attacking as usual but certainly wasn’t lacking in effort. Solid defensively 6.5
 Alan Goodall – Calm and composed collecting and distributing the ball in midfield. Impressive for the most part. 7.5
 Andy Fleming – Deservedly booked and struggled to dictate the play. Over-exuberant in his challenges and perhaps lucky not to see red come the end of the game. 6.5
 Ryan Williams – Alert and generally good distribution throughout, although did over-hit a through ball to Redshaw, ending a promising counter attack. Perhaps should have had a few more efforts on goal. 7.0
 Jamie Devitt – Frustrating first half not seeing much of the ball. Came off injured in the second. Although he did start to cause a few problems after half time, they had no end product. 6.0
 Kevin Ellison – Almost seemed to try too hard against his former club. Maybe a little wound up over his booking and wanting to silence the away supporters and rushed a few half chances. 6.5
 Jack Redshaw – Stand-out player and clear man of the match. Constant threat for the Shrimps. Dropped deeper to retrieve the ball and excellent dribbling in between Bradford midfield and defence – unfortunately not much support in the final third. 8.5

Substitutions

 Padraig Amond – Failed to assert himself. Made a few decent passes but didn’t get to see much of the ball. 6.0
 Paul Mullin – Had a few snap shots but failed to impact the game other than a few stray balls during spells where Morecambe had started to gain momentum. 5.0
 Alex Kenyon – Only on for 9 minutes. Played in an unfamiliar attacking midfield role to provide a target for long aerial balls as Morecambe seeked an equaliser, and won a few headers but not enough time to make an impact. 6.0

 

Bradford City

 Ben Williams – Like Barry Roche, made some good saves in a match he’ll be happy with, ultimately managing to keep a clean sheet. 7.0
 Stephen Darby – Not too involved in the game, although managed to pretty much nullify the effect of Jamie Devitt in the first half. Left the right hand side exposed towards the end of the game, allowing the Morecambe left-back to push forward. 6.0
 James Meredith – Got himself involved with play as much as possible and managed to assert himself well. 6.5
 Jason Kennedy – Good distribution across the middle of the park and towards the front men. Kept it simple but his composure was key to a lot of Bradford’s possession. 7.5
 Alan Sheehan – Good attacking on the left wing and sound enough defensive-wise. 6.5
 Rory McArdle – Struggled against the pace of Jack Redshaw and made several clumsy challemges, one of which earnt him a deserved caution. 5.0
 Felipe Morais – Comfortable on the ball and the centre-pin to much of Bradford’s attacking moves, although didn’t provide any end product. 6.5
 Matthew Dolan – Tended to drop deep from midfield to try and block out Morecambe threats, but ultimately failed to do so and instead dropped too deep at times allowing the home side to build up good movements in the middle of the park. 6.0
 Billy Clarke – Generally ineffective and faded away as the game went on despite a few shots early on. 5.5
 Mark Yeates – Provided some dangerous crosses for Hanson and overall play was to a good standard. 7.0
 James Hanson – As always, provided an aerial threat, although lost out on a few balls to Morecambe’s central duo. Had an excellent header cleared off the line in the first half. Fairly ineffective in the second 45. 7.5

Substitutions

 Billy Knott – Caused a few problems for the defence but as was the case for the majority of the game with both sides, lacked an end product. 6.0
Aaron McLean – Came off the bench and his introduction effectively won the game for Bradford, albeit somewhat dubiously. Good pace and strength to make Morecambe’s defenders work hard, and good direct run for his goal. 8.0
Mo Shariff – Not on long enough to have a real impact on the course of the match. 6.0

 

Man of the Match

Jack Redshaw  – Constant headache for the City defenders, fantastic ball control and strength, capped by the fact that he provided an extra level of attacking impetus for Morecambe. 8.5


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