Bentley: Morecambe have got tools to shock Sheffield United
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is confident his side have the tools to shock cup specialists Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
The Blades visit the Globe Arena in the first round of the Capital One Cup having reached last year’s semi-finals before a defeat to Tottenham over two legs.
The Shrimps will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 opening day defeat at Hartlepool but Tuesday night’s opponents fared no better, going down 4-0 at Gillingham in Nigel Adkins’ first competitive game in charge.
Bentley said: “If we can beat Sheffield United it’ll be a great achievement.
“We back ourselves against anyone at home and I think we’re equipped to win the game if we have that little bit of luck and play to our full potential.
“They’ve got some really good players and we know whoever goes out it will be a tough game.
“But we’re at home, it’s our first home game of the season and we’re looking to bounce back after Saturday.”
The two sides last met in the competition in Morecambe’s first year in the Football League back in 2007.
The Shrimps had shocked Wolves and Preston earlier in the competition but went down 5-0 at Bramall Lane in round three with Billy Sharp scoring twice.
The striker has now returned for a third spell after leaving Leeds but Bentley is keen to stop him and United’s other key men to recreate the another big league cup night at the Globe Arena.
The Shrimps boss said: “It’s a good draw against a big club.
“They’ve got a good fanbase and will travel in decent numbers.
“It’s a good game to be involved in and we’ve done well in the league cup while I’ve been manager.
“It’s a good test for our lads and I’m sure it will be a good occasion.”
New Shrimps striker Miller will come up against his former club as he looks to make his mark at the Globe Arena.
The former Crewe man saw a big move to Bramall Lane hit by a serious knee injury in 2012, something which has blighted his career since.
He said: “It’s a bit of a coincidence with it coming up so soon.
“It’ll be nice to see a few familiar faces there but it’s a big game for us.”
Captain Peter Murphy will miss the game after picking a knee injury on the opening day at Hartlepool.
Adam Dugdale and Tom Barkhuizen were also due to be assessed ahead of the game as they recover from ankle and thigh problems respectively.