Se­lec­tion headache for clin­i­cal Shrimps

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Frank King

OF ALL the things Jim Bent­ley and Morecambe took away from Kingsmeadow – three points, a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive away win and five goals – iron­i­cally it is a se­lec­tion headache that will give him most joy.

A Shaun Miller dou­ble and strikes from Alan Goodall, Tom Barkhuizen and Paul Mullin sealed a well-de­served win, the Shrimps con­tin­u­ing to prove a dan­ger away from home.

With a front line all find­ing form Bent­ley in­sists he is spoilt for choice at the busi­ness end of the pitch, but he won’t let any­one get car­ried away.

“You know what you are go­ing to get when you come here,” he said.

“Set plays, four for­wards who are all big, strong and pow­er­ful lads.

“I’m ab­so­lutely made up. It was an­other great away per­for­mance. Go­ing for­ward we know how good we are, hit­ting teams on the break.

“Tom Barkhuizen will get the plau­dits – out­pac­ing the back four and the goal he scored was fan­tas­tic, and you’ll do well to see a bet­ter strike than Shaun Miller’s.

“We’ve got a se­lec­tion prob­lem up front be­cause Tom is now on seven for the sea­son and he’s do­ing great and Shaun Miller is only go­ing to get bet­ter.

“I think the last three away jour­neys have been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic – we’ve scored goals, looked good and it’s ex­cit­ing to watch.

“The only thing now is not be­ing com­pla­cent – we’ve got some good re­sults it’s about now as­sess­ing where we can get bet­ter.”

The Dons went ahead af­ter just two min­utes through Andy Bar­cham, while Miller re­sponded from the spot af­ter he was fouled by Semi Ajayi.

His sec­ond was spe­cial, latch­ing on to Barkhuizen’s chest down and smash­ing a vol­ley home from all of 35 yards.

Goodall headed the third just be­fore half-time and de­spite Ak­in­fenwa get­ting one back, strikes from Barkhuizen and Mullin fin­ished things off to leave Dons boss Neal Ard­ley rue­ing a be­low-stan­dard dis­play.

“We didn’t play well enough even though we were in the as­cen­dency for most of it,” ad­mit­ted Ard­ley. “As the game wore on it was just about whether we could get the third goal and get back in it.

STAR MAN SHAUN MILLER Morecambe

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