Bentley wants reaction against Northampton

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

A defiant Jim Bentley has called on his players to show their true character when promotion-chasers Northampton visit the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

The Morecambe boss was furious with his side’s capitulation at Barnet on Saturday saying he was “hurt” by the lack of fight shown by his side as they conceded four second-half goals to Edgar Davids’ struggling side.

And the manager has told his players in no uncertain terms that he wants a major reaction.

He said: “If we play like we did at Barnet we could get steamrollered by teams like Northampton and Gillingham (who visit the Globe on Saturday) and that is something we can’t allow to happen.

“We have to stand up and be counted like we have done for the majority of the season. A couple of times this season we have crumbled when we have conceded a goal and things have gone against us and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“On Saturday we lost our shape and didn’t show enough desire to win a game of football and that was what hurt me most.

“I am proud of what the lads have achieved this season overall but we were not at the races for much of the game at Barnet and that was not acceptable.”

Bentley is hoping that Andy Fleming and Andy Parrish will be available again for selection after both missed out on Saturday.

Fleming picked up a thigh strain in training last week while Parrish is still suffering from the same injury which he received against Bristol Rovers recently.

Barry Roche will serve his one-game ban on Tuesday night after being sent off at Underhill.