Bentley: It was good to see Jack back

Morecambe score their first goal in a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United. Picture by Frank Reid.
Morecambe score their first goal in a 2-0 win over Hartlepool United. Picture by Frank Reid.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was delighted to see Jack Redshaw back to somewhere near his best in the win at Hartlepool on Sunday.

The diminutive front man hit both goals in the 2-0 win at League 2’s bottom side on his return to the starting line up.

The 24-year-old has been in and out of the side this season but two fine finishes helped the Shrimps bounce back from a Boxing Day defeat to Carlisle.

Bentley said: “He’s a goal scorer, they’re hard to find.

“That’s why we’ve had the interest in him in the past.

“For one reason or another he hasn’t really reached the heights we’ve wanted this first half of the season.

“Whether that be an injury, whether that be the move to Peterborough breaking down, who knows.

“But he’ll be made up to be back in the team and to put two goals in the back of the net.

“That’ll give him a boost and I’m made up for him.”

Redshaw was one of six changes to the Shrimps side at Hartlepool with Bentley delighted with the impressive performances from one to 11.

He said: “There were strong performances throughout.

“We made six changes and young Aaron McGowan came in against their danger man and I thought he was excellent.

“He was strong in the tackle, his decision making was good, he got forward, his positional play was good, nothing phases him really.

“He’s strong minded and definitely one for the future. He’s probably not up to the levels of Shaun Beeley at the moment, he’s got big boots to fill there, but he was superb.

“Tom McCready did well on his first start and Ryan Williams and Alan Goodall came back in to the side too.

“You’ve got to have trust in your squad and I made the changes for the right reasons, it could have backfired and we could have got beaten and everyone would have moaned about making so many changes.

“Thankfully that didn’t happen and we came up trumps.”

The victory over Ronnie Moore’s Pools put to bed memories of two disappointing defeats last season.

Bentley said: “I said to the lads before the game that we owed them one after the two games last year.

“Credit where credit’s due they went about their jobs in the right manner.

“We passed it round well, created one or two opportunities and got the all important first goal which is massive.

“We weathered a bit of a storm with the crowd getting behind them but they never really threatened Scott Davies’ goal.

“We kept hitting them on the break and had one or two opportunities where we could have shown a better choice of pass or decision to get people in.

“But Jack showed some great footwork and put it in for 2-0 on 80 minutes and the game’s dead then.

“There wasn’t much wrong against Carlisle the other day and we probably should have got something out of that as well.

“It’s football, it happens but I’m pleased to be back to winning ways and to finish the calender year on a positive note.”

The Shrimps next host Stevenage at the Globe Arena this Saturday, January 3.