Bentley: We need to back up Southend victory against Newport

Jamie Devitt.
Jamie Devitt.

Jim Bentley has warned his side not to rest on their laurels after easing their relegation worries with their first win of 2014.

The Shrimps ended a run of 10 games without a win against Southend United on Saturday but have a busy March ahead starting with Newport County’s visit to the Globe Arena on Tuesday night.

Bentley said: “It was important we got back to winning ways and the games are coming thick and fast.

“It’s a big month with the games we’ve got to play.

“Newport have had a lot of games called off and they’ve been playing more than anyone so hopefully we can catch them at a good time in that respect.

“We’re coming off the back of a good win, we’re back at home and we’re looking to back up the good result.”

It is the only the second ever meeting between the sides with the first at Rodney Parade back in September producing a crazy 3-2 win for the Shrimps in which Exiles defender Tom Naylor scored two own goals and conceded a penalty.

County have seen their own play-off hopes fade in recent weeks with a string of home games being called off.

Bentley said: “It was one of those where we came from behind like we did on Saturday.

“They’ve had a lot of games called off because of their pitch.

“They looked like they were going to get into the play-offs but they’ve just dropped off a bit and are playing catch up.

“Whether it’s too much football too quickly for them after a bit of a break I don’t know, but it was a great win down there and hopefully we can get a double on the board.

“It’ll be a tough game, they’ve got a good young manager (Justin Edinburgh) there who got them promoted and have taken that winning mentality through with them into the early part of the season.

“Rene Howe’s gone in there who we all know about and Chris Zebroski is still knocking goals in but if we’re on our best we’re a match for anyone.”

On loan Chesterfield winger Jamie Devitt is available again after serving his three-game ban.