Morecambe boss Bentley: We’ve made ourselves hard to beat

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley. Picture: Matt Rushton
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes the focus should be on his side’s improving defensive record and not a lack of goals.

The Shrimps have failed to score in their last two home games but the 0-0 draw with Stevenage was their ninth clean sheet of the season, surpassing last year’s total of eight.

It is a game the hosts should have won after Jack Redshaw missed a first-half penalty.

Bentley is hoping for more of the same solidity when Tranmere visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

He said: “People say we’ve failed to score in the last two home games but we’ve just taken four points from the last two games.

“You can’t have it all. We’re hard to beat at the minute, we’ve only conceded three goals in the last six games.

“We’re a lower League 2 club, we’re not one of the fancied sides.

“We’ve made ourselves difficult to beat recently and I think we deserve credit for that.

“Ideally we want to score more goals. Is it a concern? Not really because we’re creating chances.

“I think people always look for the negatives when there’s positives in there as well

“We’ll continue to try and keep the goals-against record down and we need to do a little bit more to get the goals-for up.

“If we do that we’ll move up the table. As it is, there’s everything to play for, we’re mid-table coming into this month.

“It’s just getting that fine balance but I think there’s lots to be positive about at the moment.”