Bentley: “We’re due a slice of luck”

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes his side are due some good fortune.

Referee Philip Gibbs was the centre of attention as the Shrimps slipped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Wycombe on Saturday as Gareth Ainsworth’s side went top of League 2.

The Shrimps felt they were denied a penalty for a foul on Kevin Ellison before Jamie Devitt was controversially sent off five minutes into the second half in what proved to be the game’s main talking point.

Bentley said: “It’s not just that game there’s quite a few games that have been affected.

“On the balance of things at the moment I think we’re due a large slice of luck with regards to the people in the middle of the game (referees).

“It is what it is, I can’t moan about it. We’ve just got to get on with things.”

The fixture list hasn’t been kind to the Shrimps however with their next test a trip to second in the table Burton Albion this Saturday, October 18.

Bentley’s side did however come away victorious from the Pirelli Stadium last season thanks to a Ryan Williams goal and know anything is possible in an unpredicatable League 2.

The Shrimps boss is also confident the frustrations of the defeat to Wycombe will be well and truly cast aside before the weekend visit to Gary Rowett’s high-fliers.

He said: “We’ve got to put it to one side and look to Burton which is another difficult game.

“It’s a tough month for us but we just went to Southend and won 1-0 and went to Burton last year when no-one gave us a chance and won 1-0.

“Burton have been a little bit up and down of late but it will be a tough game.

“They’re a good side, one of the fancied sides. They were in the play-offs last year and they won on Saturday (2-1 at Northampton).

“We’ll give it our all that’s for certain and there’s no reason why we can’t get a result.”