Bentley: ‘We will rotate as the season goes on’

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley hands out instructions to Laurence Wilson during training.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley hands out instructions to Laurence Wilson during training.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says he won’t be afraid to shuffle his pack this season.

The Shrimps manager has a bigger squad at his disposal this season and was able to leave Jamie Devitt and Jack Redshaw on the bench in the opening day win at Dagenham before making four changes for the Capital One Cup exit against Bradford City.

And Bentley is pleased with the options he has ahead of the opening League 2 home game of the season against Newport County on Saturday.

He said: “We rotated it a bit (against Bradford) and got valuable minutes into some lads who needed it and we played some good stuff.

“We’ve got to have a gameplan and a strategy in every game home and away in any competition.

“We do an unbelievable amount of homework on the opposition and how we can exploit weaknesses and play to our strengths.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything in our squad. A bit of experience, youthful enthusiasm, power, pace, skill, trickery. We’ve got a nice blend and you need that within a good squad.

“We will rotate as the season goes on and we will be hampered by injury and suspension.

“Last season the bench was full of youth team players but now when I turn around I’ve got fantastic options to come on and affect the game.”

Bentley is pleased with his side’s start to the season, with the opening day 3-0 win at Dagenham followed up by a controversial defeat against Bradford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps boss said: “In pre-season we were quite pleased with the way we were playing and when you go into the season you’re always after a good start.

“It’s key that you get off zero as quickly as you can and it’s also key that you get one or two of your strikers off the mark because the longer it goes it can lay a little bit heavy with certain individuals.

“We did that at Dagenham and got our first clean sheet of the season and then the performance in the cup game the other night was excellent but we just fell below that fine dividing line with a little bit of an unlucky decision.

“But when you look past the result we were more than happy with the performance and we’ve got plenty to be positive about and plenty to build on.”

Shaun Beeley is set to return against Newport after a whiplash-type injury suffered at Dagenham kept him out of the cup exit against Bradford.

Ryan Edwards continues to make good progress after finger surgery but is still a few weeks from a return.