Bentley: It’s all about the performances

Jim Bentley
Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley believes it is all about the performances after his side slipped to two narrow pre-season friendly defeats.

Morecambe lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough last Wednesday night before a 2-1 reverse against Motherwell at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

But boss Bentley was largely pleased with what he saw against two tough opponents.

He said: “It’s not nice getting beat but pre-season isn’t about winning and we’ve gone about things well and played against some strong sides.

“And if we hadn’t had to change the team so much on Saturday I think we could have come away with something.

“It’s disappointing but performance wise we’re doing well and everyone is relatively injury free so things are going alright.”

It doesn’t get any easier for the Shrimps with FA Cup winners Wigan visiting the Globe Arena on Wednesday night July 24.

The Shrimps then finish their pre-season programme with a trip north of the border against Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone this Saturday, July 27.

The Saints have a big game two days prior as they play the second leg of their Europa League second qualifying round tie against Rosenborg at McDiarmid Park.

They also have former Shrimp Gary McDonald in their ranks after the Scottish midfielder turned down a new deal on reduced terms at the Globe Arena at the end of last season.

Bentley said: “All our games have been against Championship sides or Scottish Premier League teams so it’s going to be difficult to get wins.

“We got the win against Burnley which was pleasing and it would have been nice to get a game or two in against non-league sides but it’s been difficult because their season starts later.

“But we’re getting the minutes in and working towards the first game against Wycombe (on August 3).”

Andreas Arestidou is struggling with a hip injury with goalkeeping coach Lee Jones being used as substitute stopper against Motherwell on Saturday.

Chris Doyle twisted his ankle against Motherwell and is set to miss a couple of weeks and fellow young defender Will Bell is also still struggling with an ankle problem.

Striker Jack Redshaw underwent surgery on a hip injury last Thursday and is expected to be out for around five months.

A second string Shrimps side will face Salford City next Wednesday, July 31.