Morecambe boss says fans can be proud of team

Jim Bentley congratulates Kevin Ellison on his wonder goal against Rochdale.
Jim Bentley congratulates Kevin Ellison on his wonder goal against Rochdale.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley praised his side after they virtually secured League 2 safety for another season with a commanding victory over Rochdale at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The 3-0 win took them to 49 points, 13 points above the relegation zone and eight from the play-off places with 10 games still to go, a fact that Bentley says should be lauded.

He said: “I think it is a fantastic achievement and I think the Morecambe fans have a team they can be proud of.

“There are a lot of clubs much bigger than us who would like to be in our shoes at the moment.

“We’ve said all along that the squad is light on numbers but it is full of characters and players with a massive determination to do their best for this club.

“There is a great togetherness, a great work ethic and it is a pleasure to come into work every day and work with them because they do make it a great environment.

“Everyone knows their jobs and what we will and won’t accept and they have got their just rewards.”

Bentley insists there will be no let up in the end of season run in despite his side being well clear of the League 2 relegation zone.

He said: “There is still an awful lot to play for and we owe it to the fans to make sure we do all we can to win football matches.

“We failed miserably at the end of last season and we will be doing all we can to make sure we don’t have a repeat of that.”

Andy Parrish may be available again for The Shrimps’s trip to Edgar Davids’ Barnet on Saturday after suffering a recent thigh injury.

Bentley said his fitness would be assessed during the week before making a decision ahead of the game.