Morecambe boss Bentley: We’ve got to get the balance right

Tom Barkhuizen congratulates Lee Molyneux on his goal at Yeovil.
Tom Barkhuizen congratulates Lee Molyneux on his goal at Yeovil.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is delighted with his free-scoring side but believes they can still improve the balance between defence and attack.

The Shrimps have scored 13 goals in their last four games ahead of the trip to bottom side Newport County on Saturday.

But one area of concern for Bentley has been soft goals with his side having to come from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Yeovil 4-2 last time out.

He said: “You’ve got to get the balance right.

“We don’t want to take anything away from our offensive play. 
“We’re knocking the ball around well, creating chances and scoring goals but certainly at the back we’ve got to be a bit more solid.

“There will be days where we’ll go 2-0 down and won’t get back into it.

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“There is a fine dividing line because they could have even gone 3-0 up after a slack pass out of defence.

“We’ve got make sure we stop conceding sloppy goals. It’s just little individual mistakes that we’ve got to tighten up on.”

At the sharp end of the field The Shrimps have nine different scorers this season.

Bentley said: “It’s important that you get goals from all over the pitch and don’t just rely one player.

“After we scored one in the first four games people were a bit concerned but I was confident all the time. 
“We were creating chances going right back to the first day at Hartlepool.

“We just weren’t finishing them off and it’s about believing in yourself.

“People were crying out for different formations but we’ve proven in recent weeks that the blend is right.

“We’ve got goals throughout the team and that’s been proven with nine different scorers in the last three of four games.”

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