McIlroy laments missed opportunity

25 August 2010 11:30
Morecambe boss Sammy McIlroy was left to bemoan his side's luck after they gave away an early lead in the 3-1 Carling Cup defeat to Burnley. Phil Jevons stroked home his first goal of the season to give the League Two side the lead before Chris Eagles fired home Steve Thompson's lay-off to equalise. Thompson made no mistake from the spot to put the Clarets ahead and Kevin McDonald's long-range shot found the net to give Brian Laws' men the win. McIlroy said: "We had a great start and took the lead and could have had a second not long after which would have made things really interesting. "But Burnley scored a good goal to come back into it and it was always going to be tough after that although we did continue to cause them problems. "We hit the crossbar and had a couple of half chances but we gave away a soft penalty again and that gave Burnley the advantage they needed. I was pleased with the way we battled right to the end but when they scored a third with a cruel deflection it was game over."

Source: PA