BOSS Jim Bentley said he was “proud’’ of his payers after the penalty shoot out Carabao Cup win over Mansfield on Tuesday.
Speaking after the game, which the Shrimps won 6-5 on penalties after the scores were level at 2-2 in normal time he said: “It was an excellent win and I was proud of them It was backs to the wall stuff against a very good side. We had to dig in with being down to 10 men for 70 minutes or so and we did that and got the result.
“The lads put their bodies on the line with some last-ditch tackles and Mark Halstead had to make a couple of late saves and I’m proud of the players, the staff and the fans who travelled all the way down to get behind us.
“It was a fantastic feeling to win the game like we did and get to the next round.’’
He added: “There were some really good performances and I’m delighted that Steven Old got his two goals and then scored a brilliant penalty and really pleased for George Tanner and Tom Brewitt who could be proud of their efforts on their first starts.
“I made seven changes and not one player looked out of place and that shows the strength we have this year which is really pleasing.’’