Boy Dunn good but Bent­ley’s un­happy

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Good­ing

JIM BENT­LEY is de­mand­ing more from Jack Dunn af­ter the Liver­pool loa­nee played a star­ring role in More­cambe’s come­back win over rock-bot­tom Cam­bridge.

The U’s were in con­trol of the game, and led through Piero Min­goia’s 36th-minute strike. But then Dunn won and scored a sec­ond-half penalty be­fore lay­ing on the win­ner for Paul Mullin two min­utes later.

Shrimps boss Bent­ley said: “Jack hasn’t hit the heights yet for me.

“He’s a very skill­ful player who’s come to League Two from a mas­sive club.

“He burst onto the scene with three goals against Rother­ham in the cup, but we’ve been a lit­tle bit frus­trated with his per­for­mances since.

“We’ve got a lot of young lads who we be­lieve in and Dunny is one of those. He got the penalty here and set up the win­ner with some fan­tas­tic play.”

Tem­pers flared in the tun­nel af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle was blown, and Bent­ley and Cam­bridge CEO Jez Ge­orge were in­volved in a long dis­cus­sion with a po­lice of­fi­cer fol­low­ing clashes be­tween op­pos­ing play­ers and staff.

The More­cambe man­ager was keen to play down the in­ci­dent, de­scrib­ing it as “part and par­cel of foot­ball.”

Un­der-pres­sure Cam­bridge boss Shaun Derry, whose side re­main with­out a win this sea­son, said: “Tem­pers are frayed, and things have been said and done by both sides."

On the match it­self, Derry added: “We had a pos­i­tive first half, but the sec­ond was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing, and I didn’t see it com­ing. It’s tough for us, we need to stick to­gether be­cause when you’re go­ing through hell you have to keep go­ing.

“I’m a fighter, and I’ll keep fight­ing be­cause I hate see­ing us at the bot­tom of the league.” Derry can at least re­flect on a first hour where his side seemed in com­plete con­trol, and took a de­served lead when Min­goia drove in a low shot fol­low­ing good ap­proach play from Medy El­ito. They could have been fur­ther in front had Ben Wil­liamson not blocked a goal-bound ef­fort from team-mate Leon Legge, while Adam McGurk was un­lucky to see a curl­ing ef­fort flash past the post.

But Luke Berry’s clumsy lunge on Dunn saw the vis­i­tors gifted the chance to equalise, and the for­ward made no mis­take from 12 yards. Then More­cambe broke from a Cam­bridge cor­ner, Dunn dis­pos­sess­ing Conor New­ton on half way and slip­ping the ball through to Mullin, who rounded Will Nor­ris to score.


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