Bentley: It was nice to see us win ugly

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Jim Bentley admitted it was nice to see his side win ugly after victory over Plymouth on Saturday.

Padraig Amond’s first Shrimps goal decided a scrappy encounter at the Globe Arena as the Shrimps ran out 2-1 winners to record back-to-back league wins.

The Morecambe boss said: “I’m delighted with the result. Football wise, we’ll probably play better and lose.

“What we showed today was the ugly side of the game.

“There was a swirling wind and they had it in the first half and put long balls into our box, and were the better side to be fair.

“We didn’t really string two or three passes together unfortunately and we got caught up a little bit with them knocking the long ball and were a little bit direct ourselves.

“It’s not great but I was pleased to go in on level terms at half time because it was a silly foul for the penalty but what a response within 10 seconds, and that typifies what the team is all about with the spirit and desire.

“We ground it out in the end, it wasn’t nice, it wasn’t pretty, but that’s football for you.

“How many times have I stood here and said we’ve played fantastically and lost the game?

“It was a poor game, a little bit boring at times but Podge (Amond) has popped up with a late winner and I’m pleased for him, he took it really well and that’s what’s won us the game.”

Bentley has decided to give the players Monday off after a hard week which has seen them record two league wins and push Newcastle close in the Capital One Cup.

He said: “It’s six points in a week with a good night and performance against Newcastle, so it’s a good week for the football club and the town and we’ll give ourselves a bit of time before a difficult game at Southend next week.”

Chris McCready suffered a broken collarbone in a clash with Marvin Morgan towards the end of the first half and was taken to hospital for an operation.

He is expected to be out for at least a couple of months.