Bentley wants to cement Morecambe’s place in top six

Morecambe players celebrate Jack Sampson's goal at Southend last season.
Morecambe players celebrate Jack Sampson's goal at Southend last season.

Jim Bentley is confident his side can end their losing run and cement their place in League 2’s top six at Southend on Saturday.

The Shrimps are unbeaten against the Shrimpers in eight Football League meetings but have lost their last three while Phil Brown’s side have won four in a row.

Bentley however believes his side can produce another good result at Roots Hall to get back to winning ways as fourth hosts sixth in the table.

He said: “It’s nice that we can still call it a top of the table clash.

“We’re both in the top six. We’ve been higher than them this season but we’re not in great form losing our last three and they certainly are after winning their last four.

“That’s going to be the nature of the league this year, it’s very topsy-turvy.

“It’s just who gets the points on the board and has that little bit of consistency. Southend seem to be doing that at the moment.

“Over the years we have had a good record against them and we know that we’ve got players who can hurt them.

“But they’re a good side and we’re going to have to be defensively good to stop them.

“It’s got the makings of a good game and hopefully we can get something from it and cement our place in the top six which is where we all want to be.”

Brown’s side lost out in the play-off semi-finals last season with Bentley believing they can not only get promoted but then go on to operate even higher than League 1.

The Shrimps boss said: “I say it almost every week but they are a big club, like so many in this league.

“Phil Brown’s managed in the Premier League and he’s gone in there and done a good job.

“They’ve got good players and they get good attendances. I remember playing there a few years ago in front of 10,000 when it was a fiver to get in.

“There’s scope if they do go up to progress again because they are a big club at this level.

“It’ll be a tough game. They’ve got a good blend and some good loan players from the southern clubs.

“But we know that we’re a match for anyone so we’ve got to make sure that we go there and give it our all.”