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Morecambe beat Dagenham in N Power League 2 but fans real winners

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Sometimes it takes a smaller club to light the way for some bigger clubs and Morecambe Football Club has done just that. The Shrimps have had more media coverage than if they'd played Manchester United at the Globe Arena! This, after they made it free entry for the re-arranged fixture at home to Dagenham & Redbridge - who coincidentally were the last ever visitors to the club's old ground in the play-offs two seasons ago.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed the "most pleasing" win of his managerial career after he saw his side come from behind to beat the Daggers in front of more than 4,000 fans at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps turned the game on its head in the second half to win 2-1 with the town coming out in force in response to the club's offer of free entry.

He said: "Before you think maybe 2,000 or 2,500 will turn up but for the local community to come out and get over 4,000 was fantastic.

"To pack both ends of the Globe Arena out and get behind the team it was great.

"The other thing was to win the game and it was a little bit nervy.

"We looked a little bit shell-shocked after the early goal and the atmosphere dipped but we built momentum and got ourselves on top in the game.

"We tweaked some things at half-time and went out second half and I think we were worthy winners, it was a great second half with loads of good performance and plenty of positive play."

And Bentley said the big crowd made a real difference to his side.

He said: "Any footballer would rather play in front of a big crowd, especially home fans getting behind you.

"If we hadn't had the free admission we would have maybe got 1,200 and it might have been lacking in atmosphere. Any footballer can get themselves up for a game but it's always better with a big crowd.

"I'm pleased for everyone in the squad, all the backroom staff and the chairman and the board of directors who came up with the offer.

"It's been a fantastic evening, a massive plus.

"To come back from a goal behind in front of a big crowd, it's probably my most pleasing managerial win so far."

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