Morecambe boss Bentley: We’ll have to roll our sleeves up at Mansfield

Morecambe captain Mark Hughes in action against Mansfield last season.
Morecambe captain Mark Hughes in action against Mansfield last season.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has challenged his side to stand up and be counted at Mansfield on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps chief knows his side will be in for a physical battle after two bruising clashes with the Stags last season.

Bentley however knows his second-placed side have the momentum heading into the League 2 clash.

He said: “They’re a big, strong, physical side.

“They play to their strengths and we know going there we’re going to have to roll our sleeves up and stand up and be counted, be men.

“Football always throws up different scenarios and the Mansfield match is certainly different.

“It will be a tough game for us. They’re quite direct with big, strong players on the end of set plays and long throws.

“If we want to do well this season we’ve got to face different challenges. We’ll come up against passing sides, up against direct sides.

“We’ve got confidence and momentum after the win on Saturday and hopefully we can get more points on the board.”

Fine performances throughout the squad have given Bentley plenty to think about in terms of selection with captain Mark Hughes available again after a three-match ban.

The Shrimps boss said: “We’ve got one or two selection headaches but we’ve still got one or two injuries too.

“We’ll see what’s what and what fits our game plan. For those that aren’t in the starting 11 I always say to the lads on the bench that they can come on and affect the game.

“We’ve proved in the past we can do that.

“I’d certainly rather have selection headaches than have no players at all.”

Jack Redshaw and Shaun Beeley are both doubts after missing the win against Plymouth on Saturday with ankle knocks.