Bentley hails “fantastic” team performance at Newport

Jim Bentley conducts a TV interview post-match at Newport.
Jim Bentley conducts a TV interview post-match at Newport.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed a “fantastic” team performance as The Shrimps got back to winning ways at Newport.

Jack Redshaw’s fine finish on eight minutes was enough to see the visitors keep up their perfect record against the Exiles with a fourth win out of four. 
Bentley was also delighted to see his side bounce back from a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Dagenham last time out.

He said: “I think every one of them, including the subs that came on, played their part and were strong. 
“The back three were dogged and headed it and cleared it when they had to.

“I thought the two wing backs were outstanding one v one. In front of that we had a good shield in (Alan) Goodall and (Alex) Kenyon and I thought the lads up front worked really hard closing them down.

“Sometimes it isn’t going to be pretty. You can see here that they play rugby on the pitch, it’s very, very bobbly and I thought if it was on a better pitch we would have hit them better on the counter attack in the second half when we were coming under lots of pressure.

“But what we did do today was very workmanlike, very professional, very hard-working and to win anywhere with a clean sheet, certainly against one of the sides in and around the play-offs, is fantastic.

“I’m made up for the fans that travelled down, we gave them something to cheer about.

“Credit to the lads, I asked for a response and every time I do that they seem to give me it which is what they’ve done today.

“It’s a fantastic three points for us.”

The Shrimps boss was also relieved to see his side make a good start having gone behind inside the first 30 seconds in two of their previous three games.

Bentley said: “I was thinking about coming out of the changing rooms at one minute past three just to make sure!

“They got after us in the first five minutes but we limited them to very little before that bit of quality from Redshaw.

“We know what he’s all about and to bounce it in off the post was a great strike and it gave us that little shot in the arm.

“You then think you’ll be clinging onto it away from home but I don’t think the ‘keeper’s made many saves, which is credit to them as a team.”