Morecambe boss Bentley: Kevin Ellison typifies what we’re all about

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Jim Bentley hailed match-winner Kevin Ellison after the veteran front man scored twice to give the Shrimps their first League 2 win of the season against Exeter.

Jack Sampson laid on both second-half strikes for Ellison as Morecambe were 2-0 winners over the previously unbeaten Grecians at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Shrimps boss admitted he wouldn’t change anything about the combative 34-year-old.

Bentley said: “He really got amongst them and typifies what we’re all about when he’s in that mood.

“He gets in people’s faces, upsets people, gets the crowd going and even the referee asked me to calm him down but that’s the way Kev is and you wouldn’t change him.”

Bentley also paid tribute to Ellison’s commitment to the cause saying the former Rotherham man is fitter than he’s ever been.

The Shrimps boss said: “Credit where credit’s due, he’s 34, and people always question a player’s age, I had it myself.

“We’ve got one or two players where fans are going: ‘you might not be able to do it again’.

“But it just makes you want to come out fighting.

“He’s come back pre-season and he’s even fitter and sharper than he was the last two seasons.

“He’s a credit to himself, unfortunately he got his injury, but today the way he went about his job and got his goals, full credit to him, and I’m just made up I’ve got him in my side.”

Bentley was pleased what he saw from his players with the second half performance especially catching the eye from the home side.

He said: “I’m happy.

“It’s one game, it’s a step in the right direction, a first league win of the season and a clean sheet so there’s plenty of positives there.

“We got right amongst them and for your hard work you get your rewards and that’s what we got in the end.

“We pressed them in the right areas and when you’ve got your better players like Ellison back you’ve got a better chance of scoring goals and he’s come up trumps again.”

All the club’s attentions can now focus on the big televised Capital One Cup clash with Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Bentley said: “We start getting our eyes on Newcastle, which is a tasty tie for us, not just for the club and the supporters but for the town as a whole.

“It’s a good occasion for us but we’ve got to make sure we don’t get lost in it.

“It’s a game of football, 11 v 11 at the end of the day.

“We want to go out there and try and give a good account of ourselves and win the game.”