Bentley: It could go down to the last game

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
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Jim Bentley has admitted it could be the final game of the season before his side are absolutely sure of their League 2 survival.

The Morecambe boss believes his side need one more win to be safe ahead of the Lancashire derby at promotion-chasing Fleetwood on Saturday.

The Shrimps are five points clear of the League 2 drop zone with five games to play and with Scunthorpe’s visit to the Globe Arena to come after the trip to Highbury Bentley knows the three or four points needed won’t be easy to acquire.

He is confident however his side will rise to the challenge.

The Shrimps boss said: “It could be any game, it could be the last game, but it’s about keeping calm, doing the right thing and if do get that little bit of luck we need it give us that little extra so we can get over that 50-point barrier.

“It might get worse before it gets better. We’ve got two of the biggest games you can have in Fleetwood away and Scunthorpe at home.

“It takes its toll, you’re constantly looking at other people’s results and looking at everyone else’s fixtures but at the end of the day it’s about what we do.

“It’s in our hands, we’ve got to go into every game positive. The lads know the situation that we’re in, it’s a difficult situation but it’s a challenge that we’ve all got to rise to.”

Bentley believes 23rd in the table Northampton have enough to get themselves out of trouble with things set to twist and turn before the end of the season due to how tight the League 2 table is.

He said: “The league being the way it is it only takes a couple of results and you can dragged into it or vice versa.

“Mansfield are a prime example of that. They were below us a couple of weeks ago and with three wins on the spin they’re in the top half now.

“Games are running out now and Northampton are a big club with a new manager who’s brought in a lot of players and they could easily get out of it.

“That will make it very difficult for someone else. It’s that tight there’s a lot of clubs who can dragged into and we’ve known that for quite a while.

“We’ve got to keep plugging away, get a bit of luck and take one or two of our chances and get the big victory that we need at the moment.”

Luck is something the Shrimps boss believes his side have been devoid of in recent weeks as they look to end a run of three straight 1-0 defeats and six games without a win.

Bentley said: “We didn’t deserve to lose against Mansfield but if you get chances you’ve got make sure you put them in the back of the net.

“Bristol Rovers had 0-0 written all over it but we just made a poor decision in the middle of the park.

“Luck plays a big part in football and I’d say we haven’t had much all season.

“People say it evens itself out but a lot of things have gone against us and we’ve got to keep battling away.”