Bentley: We’re in a relegation battle

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says some of the club’s fans needs to realise his side are in a relegation battle.

The Shrimps manager cut a frustrated figure after Harry Worley’s goal two minutes from time gave Oxford a late point at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

“It’s certainly two points dropped,” said Bentley.

“We were looking comfortable so to switch off at the back and concede late on is worrying really.

“We’ve got to make sure we cut things like that out, because like it or not, I still think it’s a relegation battle even at an early stage.

“That was a good six-pointer for me and we could have got good distance between ourselves and Oxford.”

Bentley was particularly disappointed with the negativity he heard from some supporters after Kevin Ellison’s 77th-minute goal had looked like it would give the The Shrimps a third straight home win only for Worley’s strike to snatch a 1-1 draw.

“I know people want to see us play like Barcelona but we’re playing Oxford United, a massive club at this level, and some of the negativity today I thought was totally out of order,” he said.

“We try and play football and I hear ‘get it forward, get it forward,” and then when we do they shout ‘get it down and play’. We can’t win. The lads give absolutely everything every week.

“I can understand people’s frustrations, I’m frustrated we didn’t win, so what we’ve got to do is make sure everyone sticks together.

“Fans, players, everyone alike, because it’s a tough league and we’ve got a lot of tough games coming up.”