Bentley praises battling Shrimps after Fleetwood win

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
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Jim Bentley praised his side’s battling display as they picked up a first Football League victory over Fleetwood at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Padraig Amond scored the only goal in the 1-0 victory but the Shrimps boss saw his side put everything into the derby triumph, epitomised by Mark Hughes’ goalline block at the death to preserve the three points.

Bentley said: “Overall I think we deserved it.

“We were decent for the first half an hour or so but we knew they’d be a threat and certainly when they brought big Jon Parkin on they were even more of a threat.

“But to be fair to our lads we stood up and were counted and put our bodies on the line.

“Obviously Mark Hughes has done that on the goal line at the end to save a certain goal to get us a great win. I’m absolutely made up.

“Fleetwood are a top side at this level, they’ve got a good strong squad, plenty of ambition and I think they’ll be there or thereabouts this season so to turn them over in front of our home fans is great.

“We’re better off that we were at this stage last season so things are going alright.”

Bentley was particularly pleased to avenge last season’s 4-0 reverse in the same fixture.

He said: “I was made up for the fans today because we owed them one from last year.

“That was one of the lowest points of my managerial career so far to get beaten 4-0 at home by your local rivals when nothing went right for us on the day.

“Happy Christmas to them, they got behind us right from minute one and I’m pleased for them more than anyone.”

The Shrimps were without Jack Sampson, who woke up with swelling in a knee, and Andy Wright who pulled his groin muscle against former club Scunthorpe on Saturday.

That means Bentley’s squad is stretched during the busiest part of the season, which continues when Hartlepool are the visitors to the Globe Arena on Sunday.

He said: “We’re just now concerned about the next game against Hartlepool.

“We’ve got a few bodies missing the bench looked very youthful today and the games are coming thick and fast.

“We’ll have to have a head count tomorrow and go again on Sunday,”