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Morecambe and Northampton Town happy with Globe Arena draw

22 March 2014

Chris Wilder and Jim Bentley declared themselves happy with a point at the Globe Arena after Morecambe came from behind to draw 1-1 with Northampton Town.

Both managers were demanding responses after suffering heavy midweek defeats and they were both happy what they got.

Wilder said: "I was looking for something after the heavy defeat against Rochdale on Tuesday and I certainly got that. We all know we are in a fight and I think we showed that we have plenty of fight still left in us.

"We had a couple of blows by losing Leon McSweeney before the game and Chris Hackett early in the game but fought through that.

"We got our noses in front at half time and I thought we looked comfortable in the second half but we just needed to get that second goal.

"They then scored with a really well worked goal and both teams had chances to win it but we will take the point against a side also fighting to keep their League 2 status. It is another point more than we had at the start of the day and we are now ready for the big week ahead of us.''

The Cobblers looked set for a vital three points after taking the lead through a nightmare own goal from Andy Wright which saw him slash the ball past his own goalkeeper Barry Roche.

The home side hit back in the second half with Matt Duke making a world class save to tip away a Kevin Ellison free-kick before Padraig Amond, who had hit the post in the first half, finished a fine move with a right foot shot from 12 yards out.

And Morecambe boss Bentley was pleased with the response after his side's 5-1 thrashing at Accrington in midweek.

He said: "I wanted us to raise our game after the Accrington game and I certainly got a much better performance against a strong Northampton side who have a lot of experience and know how.

"We had to stand up and be counted in poor conditions and did that. We were really unfortunate to be a goal down at half time with a bizarre own goal but we have proved time and time again that we can come from behind and we did that.

"We scored a fantastic, team goal and could have won the game in the end and I think we fully deserved the point."

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