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Bentley fumes at McLean winner

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley said his players were furious after Aaron Mclean's controversial late goal earned Bradford a 1-0 cup win.

The Shrimps' players were convinced that Mclean had bundled the ball over the goal-line with his arm to give Phil Parkinson's side victory.

Bentley said: "The lads are all pretty sick.

"I've watched the video already and it is pretty clear that he used his arm to score and it was a sickener for the lads because they had played so well.

"I knew from the reaction that something was wrong, but the referee didn't see it and unfortunately that was that and we have to take it on the chin.

"You win some and you lose some in this game and we definitely felt that here and it was a shame because it was a good cup tie with both sides playing good football and wanting to win the game."

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson said: "It was a scrappy goal but it doesn't really matter how they go in.

"Aaron said it went in off his shoulder so I have to accept that.

"I'm just glad that he was there in the six yard box causing problems.

"The main thing is we are in the hat for the second round and I'm glad that Aaron has got off the mark.

"The game is all about putting the ball in the back of the net and he is someone who is good at that.

"It was a tough game and Morecambe played some good stuff so it was a good win and we can move on.

"It was important we won here for the players because it was a test and we showed we had a lot of strength of character and that is something we can build on."

Substitute Mclean scored at the third attempt eight minutes from time after he bundled over the ball from close range with Morecambe players convinced he put the ball over the line with his hand.

Bradford started the brighter and came closest to opening the scoring when James Hanson's 43rd-minute header was cleared off the goal-line by home skipper Mark Hughes.

Hanson also saw an effort superbly blocked by defender Andy Parrish as the Bantams had the better of the first half.

The Shrimps who looked the more likely team to break the deadlock in the second half with Kevin Ellison wasting two glorious chances to score against his former club, shooting over from the edge of the area and heading an Andy Wright cross wide from eight yards.

Morecambe youngster Paul Mullin then blazed over from the edge of the area and the home side were made to pay when Mclean popped up in the box to score the vital winner.