Bentley not too concerned by poor home run

Alex Kenyon will be suspended against Bristol Rovers.
Alex Kenyon will be suspended against Bristol Rovers.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is confident his side’s poor run of form at the Globe Arena will come to an end sooner rather than later.

The Shrimps are five League 2 home games without a win ahead of Bristol Rovers travelling to the resort on Saturday.

But Bentley has seen enough from his side in recent matches to believe it won’t be too long before they have some success on home turf.

He said: “Football’s funny, we started well at home but couldn’t win away with defeats at Portsmouth and Wycombe.

“But suddenly you win at Burton and Mansfield and you can’t win at home.

“The main thing for me is that we certainly created enough chances in the York match and created one or two against Cheltenham in a game that didn’t have many and it was just unfortunate that they took one of theirs and we didn’t take any of ours.

“We’ve got to remain positive and hopefully get back to winning ways.”

But Bentley knows it will be no easy task against Rovers, who surprisingly find themselves just one place above the League 2 drop zone.

The Shrimps boss said: “They’ve got a manager that’s very knowledgeable and an experienced with a big squad.

“They’re down there at the minute but are a massive club at this level and arguably for the size of the club they shouldn’t be in League 2.

“But there’s quite a few teams who find themselves there at the moment with aspirations of getting back up to League 1 as soon as possible.

“Certainly Bristol Rovers are one of them and with what they’ve got at their disposal they should probably be doing a little bit better than they are at the moment.”

Kevin Ellison remains a long-term absentee with Ryan Williams a doubt after tweaking his hamstring ahead of the defeat to Cheltenham.

Alex Kenyon will be suspended on Saturday after picking up his fifth booking in the 1-0 loss to the Robins.

Bentley said: “Alex has done well but we’ve got options with him and Ryan missing.

“Joe McGee can go in there and he’s been doing well in the reserves and training well.

“We brought Andy Wright to the club as a midfielder and unfortunately because we haven’t got a recognised right back he’s been filling in there so that’s an option.

“With three players looking like they’re out we’re down to 17 but another lad who’s doing well is Aaron McGowan who’s kicked on again and is showing signs of progression.”