Morecambe boss Bentley: My players won’t fight over who takes penalties

Padraig Amond scores from the penalty spot against Cheltenham.
Padraig Amond scores from the penalty spot against Cheltenham.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is confident his players won’t be fighting over who takes their next penalty.

The Shrimps have missed two our of their last three with Padraig Amond in pole position to take the next one after scoring a late equaliser against Cheltenham from the spot. 
Everton fan Bentley saw Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines argue over who was taking their penalty against West Brom on Monday night with the Belgian missing before being substituted and says he won’t tolerate the same from his players.

Bentley said: “Padraig Amond took the last penalty and scored so he’ll be on duty but if he’s not on the pitch we’ll have to wait and see.

“We’ve got penalty takers at the club. I’m not going to go down the route of what happened at Everton where they’re fighting over the ball.

“We always say before the game it’s you or you or it’s between the two of you and if you win it, you take it if you’re feeling confident.

“Laurence Wilson scored seven out of seven last time he was here and comes into the equation as well.

“Ideally the forwards take the penalties, they score the goals, we’re trying to boost all their tallies.

“But it might be a case that Laurence comes back in there.”

Bentley admitted to frustration over the misses by Jamie Devitt against Cheltenham and Jack Redshaw against Stevenage with successful kicks likely to have seen the Shrimps four points better off ahead of the trip to Plymouth on Saturday.

He said: “These things happen and obviously ideally you want to score three out of three.

“They’re big turning points, the momentum would have been with us if Jack had scored against Stevenage and Jamie had against Cheltenham.

“It’s a fine dividing line between one point and three points.”