Morecambe boss Jim Bentley expects Newport County to come out “all guns blazing” on Saturday in search of their first win of the season.
Justin Edinburgh’s side have lost both their games so far this season, at home to Wycombe on the opening day before going out of the Capital One Cup at Reading on Tuesday night.
Bentley knows the Exiles will be desperate to get off the mark but is confident his side can build on their positive start to the new campaign. He said: “They’ve got good players in there and we know it’s going to be a tough game.
“They’ve had a bit of a difficult start losing two out of two and like every club they want to get off the mark and will come out all guns blazing to try and do that.
“We’re expecting a difficult game but we’re building momentum and we’re confident after our performances that we can give them a game and hopefully win it.”
The Shrimps did the double over County last season in the first ever meetings between the sides with Bentley’s side scoring seven times over the two games. He’s hoping for more of the same this time around.
Bentley said: “In the first half of the away game they battered us but we stuck in and kept coming back and in the end after clawing them back we took the lead late on.
“The home game here they had a player sent off but I thought we were excellent after that.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to play against 10 men, Hartlepool comes to mind, but against Newport we made the difference in numbers count.
“We scored seven goals against them last season and hopefully we can repeat that this season and take more points off them.”
Newport striker Rene Howe is a familiar face to Shrimps fans having spent the 2008-2009 season on loan with the club and is player Bentley has good memories of but knows he needs to stop on Saturday.
The Morecambe manager said: “He’s a good lad and a good player and on his day is unplayable.
“For one reason or another he’s stayed around this level when it looked like he could move on.
“He’s got a little bit of everything. He’s powerful, he’s good in the air, he’s mobile and can get amongst the goals.
“We know his strengths and I’ve always got on well with him and I’ll wish him all the best after Saturday.”