Battling Morecambe delight Bentley

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Jim Bentley was the happier of the two managers as Morecambe twice came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw.

Three goals in five minutes provided a thrilling finish to the match with Kevin Ellison having the last word against his old club with his 12th goal of the season in stoppage-time.

Bentley said: "We deserved a point because of the hard work we put into the game. We had a bit of luck with the own goal for our first equaliser, but we soaked up a lot of pressure and were still able to hit them on the break."

He added: "With a better choice of ball in the final third of the field we could have done better, but it was a fair result on the evidence of the play and I am pleased with the point.

"We have done well on our travels this season with only two defeats, playing three at the back and hitting teams on the break. Now we need to sort out our home form."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: "Obviously, when you concede so late it feels like a defeat, but I couldn't ask any more from the players. It was a really good performance. It was just a lack of concentration near the end that cost us dearly.

"The second equaliser was a blow to us, but I couldn't ask for more. I thought we were great. Ricky Ravenhill went over on his ankle before the match and hobbled off. We strapped it up and decided to give it a go. He is good player for us and scored a great goal.

"Marcel Seip's goal should have been the winner and we are a bit low now, but eventually we will regard it as a good display.

"Unfortunately, we had to make changes to our back four when Luke Oliver went off with a hamstring injury and it is always disruptive when you have to play someone out of position."

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