Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was proud of his players in their Capital One Cup defeat at Sunderland.
He said: "It was great. That's what the lads wanted to play against. It's always nice as a footballer to pit your wits against the best in the business.
"They have got an unbelievable amount of quality - the two new signings and Louis Saha, who's a bit of a hero of mine being an Evertonian, coming off the bench as well.
"They put a really, really strong side out and we acquitted ourselves well and gave them a good game."