Morecambe boss brands play-off talk “silly”

Jim Bentley applauds the Morecambe fans after his side's victory over Southend United.

Jim Bentley applauds the Morecambe fans after his side's victory over Southend United.

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has branded talk of the Shrimps reaching the play-offs as “silly”.

Two wins in a week has seen his side move from staring at the relegation places to being just five points off the top seven.

But Bentley believes it would be foolish to get carried away with League 2 still incredibly tight ahead of Morecambe’s trip to Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.

He said: “Don’t be silly.

“It is what it is, we take every game as it comes.

“I probably came in for a bit of stick and people thought we were going down after the Plymouth game.

“But I’m only as good as my players and we’ve won the last two and I’m feeling quite proud of them at the moment and hopefully we can keep this winning run going.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We may be closer to the play-offs but if Northampton win on Saturday and we lose we’re just six points off relegation.

“That’s the situation. We’re in the top half and it’s something for us to cling onto but we can’t take our eye off the ball.”

The home victories against Southend and Newport have come on a below-par Globe Arena surface, something Bentley believes needs urgent work.

He was however pleased to see his side adapt to the conditions in the back-to-back wins.

Bentley said: “It’s a very poor pitch.

“One way or another we’ve got to get it better next season because we’ve proved we’ve got players who can play football and that’s the way we want to play.

“With the pitch being the way it is it’s hard. You can see on the DVD moves breaking down with a little bobble.

“It’s frustrating and we’ve got to get that better because it’s not good enough.

“Which way we do it I don’t know because financially we might not be able to.

“It’s awkward but the lads have played some good stuff and we’ve mixed it up quite well because we’ve had to.

“It’s not so much a long ball but it’s hitting areas and a few of our goals have come from that.”