Bentley: Missing game was horrible...I won’t be doing it again

Something missing: Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was absent for the Shrimps' game against Stevenage.
Something missing: Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was absent for the Shrimps' game against Stevenage.
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Jim Bentley missed his first game as Morecambe boss on Saturday and has no intention of ever doing it again.

The Shrimps manager was absent from the 3-0 win over Luton due to illness and admits it was “horrible” to be sat back at home in Wirral twiddling his thumbs.

He said: “I’m okay now.

“It was a 24 or 36-hour thing type thing. The missus and the kids have had it as well and it seems to be going around at the moment.

“It was horrible on Saturday, sitting there not being able to do anything or even watch the game.

“I won’t be doing it again.”

Bentley’s situation was eased somewhat by the impressive manner of his side’s win over the high-flying Hatters, aided by captain Steve McNulty seeing red for the visitors inside the first half an hour.

The Shrimps boss said: “It was a great win.

“We picked the team a day or two before the game so it was all set up and everyone knew their roles and responsibilities.

“It was just about the lads going out there and putting it into practice.

“We got amongst them early and obviously the sending off helped.

“It was really pleasing to score three and get a clean sheet as well.

“We could have scored even more.”

It continued Morecambe’s fine record this season against League 2’s top sides, something they will look to maintain when they visit third in the table Shrewsbury this Saturday with Micky Mellon’s side boasting a formidable home record.

Bentley said: “We are doing well against the top sides but I think the sternest test is still to come at Shrewsbury.

“At home I think they’ve won nine, drawn one and lost one, scoring 22 and only conceding something like three goals.

“It’s going to be a real tough one but it’s a challenge we’re taking a lot of confidence in to.”