Morecambe boss could go on the attack against Plymouth

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.

Jim Bentley is considering playing four forwards against Plymouth Argyle at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Morecambe boss has long favoured a 4-3-3 system but has a host of options up front ahead of the League 2 clash.

Bentley has six players competing for three spots and saw Paul Mullin make a big impact from the bench in the 0-0 draw with Cheltenham last time out as the switch was made to an attacking 4-2-4 system.

He said: “The temptation is there.

“But when you’ve been playing three in midfield and three up top and you’ve been going well sometimes it’s a matter of do you stick with what you know that’s tried and tested or do you gamble and go with another forward and leave a midfielder out?

“But we have got that possibility.”

Defensively, Bentley has also been impressed with his back five so far with goalkeeper Barry Roche particularly catching the eye in the Shrimps’ fine start to the season. 
He said: “If you take the first six games of this season and the final two of last season then it’s five clean sheets in the last eight games.

“That’s pleasing. We have done work on our defensive shape over the summer and we have rode our luck at times but doesn’t every club?

“It’s something to build on. If we can keep the back door shut then we’ve got more than enough in our locker to score goals at the other end.”

Captain Mark Hughes will serve the final game of his three-match ban against the Pilgrims while Laurence Wilson remains a long-term absentee.