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Boss Backs Jordan

13 January 2017

Bentley backs Luke Jordan to make a mark at the club after his successful first appearance for the club last Saturday.

The teenager made his Shrimps debut against Notts County, replacing Paul Mullin after 77 minutes of the 4-1 win and made an instant impression by playing a huge part in the Shrimps’ final goal.

With Morecambe leading 3-1 and County chasing the game, Jordan led a counter attack and saw a shot pushed onto the woodwork before Kevin Ellison swept home the rebound.

Boss Bentley said he was happy to have Luke involved for the rest of the season as he feels his pace will cause opposition defences problems.

He said: “I took criticism for letting Padraig Amond go but we replaced him with Tom Barkhuizen.

“Tom ended up getting more goals and assists but we’ve sold him now and done a good job there.

Luke has pace, and if you’ve got pace in forward positions, then anything can happen.

“In certain games recently we’ve been trying to get him on but, for one reason and another, it wasn’t possible.

“We had a youth and staff meeting and I said that we’ll get him on the pitch; he’s shown enough in the youth and reserves and he’s come on another level.

“It’s important to put him in at the right time; we knew that pace would get him in behind and, as soon as he came on, he caused them problems.

“He’s got a bright future and it was fantastic play for the fourth goal.

“That’s what we’ve been lacking with Tom Barkhuizen leaving the club so it was nice for him to come on and, in the changing room afterwards, everyone gave him a high-five.

“What a fantastic debut for the young kid; that fourth goal just wrapped it up perfectly.”

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