Bentley: We need to continue riding on crest of a wave

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Jim Bentley challenged his side to continue riding on the crest of a wave as they stormed to their biggest win of the season against Newport County on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps picked up their first victory in 11 against Southend on Saturday and followed it up with a sensational second-half comeback to beat the 10-man Exiles 4-1 at the Globe Arena.

It moves Bentley’s side up to 11th just five points off the League 2 play-offs in what the Morecambe boss branded a “crazy” league.

He said: “The league is crazy but all we can do is look after ourselves.

“We’ve done that today, we’ve won and it’s great to get six points after back-to-back victories.

“You could see the confidence was oozing there, the crowd were happy, so it’s fantastic and we’ve just got to make sure we keep it going.

“When you’re on the crest of a wave you don’t want to get off it.

“We didn’t win in 10 before that and it wasn’t for the want of trying but we got what we deserved tonight.”

Bentley refused to get carried away with a second half display that saw goals from Jamie Devitt, Kevin Ellison and two from Jack Redshaw seal yet another comeback after Tom Naylor’s red card.

He said: “I’ve just said to the lads it’s just another game and we’ve got to make sure that we keep doing the right things.

“Come 9.30 tomorrow morning I’ll be all over Dagenham and making sure we do our homework and are prepared and try and back this up with another good result on Saturday.

“They’re coming thick and fast.

“We’re grounded and are learning all the time. I learnt a lot about myself and the players after the Plymouth game and there’s no greater saying than ‘never too high, never too low’.”

Devitt took the plaudits for his man of the match display but Redshaw’s two goals came off the bench with Bentley impressed with the options at his disposal.

He said: “It was a big decision for me to bring Jamie back in after he was suspended but he’s looked razor sharp in training and was excellent for us up until the sending off (against Exeter).

“It’s about the team tonight and we’ve got a decent squad, look at the bench tonight.

“Redshaw’s come on and scored with his first kick of the game and there was Andy Wright, Marcus Marshall and Chris McCready on there too.”

Shaun Beeley went off with a hamstring injury in one low point for the Shrimps while Andy Fleming picked up his 10th booking of the season and will now serve a two-game ban.