Date: 13th August 2007 at 7:08pm
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Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy said it was ‘super’ for the Shrimps to get their first point on the board after they held the Bees to a goalless draw.

It was Morecambe’s first game in the Football League and ‘it was a marvellous occasion’ as the home players were greeted by a 3500+ attendance.

‘Prior to the game I would have settled for that and I thought we gave a good account of ourselves,’ he told Morecambe’s website.

‘Michael Twiss had a great opportunity in the third minute and I thought we came out of the blocks well and dominated in that opening ten minutes,’ McIlroy said. But it was Barnet that commanded most of the game and had the better of the chances, and will be disappointed to only be getting a share of the spoils instead of all three points.

‘Joe Lewis made a world class save to keep us in the game and I thought David Artell and Jim Bentley were tremendous at the back and worked well as a pair,’ as the home defence held on for an opening-day point against a quick, sharp Barnet attack who failed to convert their chances.

T’oday was a learning curve and I thought in certain areas they had some know how and we will improve and learn as we go along but a point today was well earned.

‘We will need to make improvements in the final third but that will come.

‘The crowd were fantastic they have their part to play and we hope they stick with us,’ he added.

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