Morecambe boss Bentley full of praise for Goodall and Roche

Barry Roche punches clear for Morecambe at Portsmouth.
Barry Roche punches clear for Morecambe at Portsmouth.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is delighted with how his number one Barry Roche has returned from injury.

The Shrimps stopper took plenty of plaudits for his display in the 2-1 win at Newport County last time out as he continues an impressive return from hip surgery.

Bentley said: “He’s in good nick, he’s playing well.

“He’s had a serious injury and a long time out but he’s used that time to work extremely hard with (fitness coach) Chris Squirrell, (goalkeeping coach) Lee Jones and (physio) Simon Farnworth on his fitness.

“He’s got himself in really good condition, he’s the fittest he’s ever been because all he’s been doing is gym work.

“He’s had no ill affects from the operation. He’s playing well and long may it continue.

“We saw on Saturday how good a goalkeeper he is. I’ve always backed him, I think he’s one of the best at this level.

“I think it was this stage last season when we won 2-1 at Cambridge and he single handedly won us that game.

“You do need key players to step up when they’re called upon and that’s what he did on Saturday.”

Another experienced head who has stepped up is Alan Goodall, his form having dipped towards the end of last season.

Bentley said: “Goody came in and did well and then he just had a little bit of dip in form which can happen.

“He lost his position in the team, we had a couple of chats about his form and how he could get himself back in the team.

“He’s another one I’ve got to say well done to because he came up through the summer every Tuesday and Thursday to work with Chris Squirrell doing some physical work.

“He’s in good nick anyway and he’s a very good professional.

“The Peter Murphy injury opened the door for him and as I keep saying everyone’s got to be right on their toes and ready mentally and physically.

“Football being football things can change and since Peter’s injury he’s done really well and scored three goals when he didn’t get any last season.

“It’s strange last season I was moaning about the goals from the middle of the park but we’ve scored eight or nine already where last season we only got six.”