Bentley makes passionate defence of players

Stewart Drummond sees a chance go over the bar against York City.
Stewart Drummond sees a chance go over the bar against York City.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has launched a passionate defence of his players after growing frustrated by criticism from a small number of fans.

The Shrimps picked up their first win in five at Mansfield on Saturday with the Globe Arena boss hitting back at those who had questioned senior pros Kevin Ellison and Stewart Drummond.

He was also angered after replacing Ryan Williams at half-time at One Call Stadium - the midfielder having been affected by something said by an away supporter.

Some have called for Ellison to be rested in recent weeks but Bentley felt vindicated after the wide man scored the winner in the 2-1 victory on Saturday, suffering a fractured eye socket in the process which could keep him out for up to two months.

The Shrimps boss said: “Because he’s not been scoring goals he comes in for a little bit of stick.

“But I know what he’s all about. I know exactly how he trains, I know what type of person he is, what type of professional he is.

“He’s a great character, you know what you’re going to get from him. He can get a goal out of nothing so I stuck by him and he’s come up trumps, but it’s come at a cost.”

On the injury, Bentley added, “It didn’t look good, he looked like the elephant man.

“We’re going to be without him now so he’ll get that rest that some people think he needs.

“Let me make the decisions.”

Drummond set up Jack Redshaw for his first goal of the season at Mansfield having come under scrutiny for missing chances against York City at the Globe Arena on Tuesday night. 
Bentley: “Drummy is the oldest player in the team and I did think about leaving him out Saturday and bringing Andy Wright back into midfield.

“He got in the box a few times on Tuesday night and yes, he missed a few chances, but the good thing is he’s getting in there.

“And on Saturday, he never gave up on the ball and got the cross in for the first goal.

“He’s a big player for us.”

Bentley also believes fans need to remember his side aren’t one of the biggest ones in the division.

He said: “We’re a small squad and we’re not one of the fancied boys.

“But I know what I’ve got, there’s unbelievable desire amongst the staff and players and they keep going and keep taking the setbacks when we’re on a sticky run.

“You get the pats on the back when you’re doing well and then come in for a little criticism which I think has been a little bit undeserved of late to some members of this team.

“Everyone’s got their best 11 but I’m paid to make the decisions and I think we got it right on Saturday.

“It was a fantastic win for us.”