Morecambe boss vows good start won’t go to waste

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley insists everything possible is being done to ensure his side don’t squander their fine start to the season.

After a nine-game unbeaten run saw the Shrimps come close to topping League 2, one win in five in all competitions means they are eighth, just outside the promotion places.

That is still only four points off top of the table Oxford, where Bentley takes his side on Saturday hoping he can buck a trend that has seen his side fade in his first two seasons in charge.

He said: “In my first season we were top of the league in October, the second season we started really well and we tailed off a little bit.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.

“Yes, we’re a little stretched with regards to numbers but I’m not going to use that as an excuse.

“We do the heart rate monitor readings and you can see in some players that they need a rest.

“There are three or four on four bookings as well but we’ve got to make sure we’re professional about it and do what we can and come January if we can bring one or two in it will certainly freshen things up because we’ll probably need it.

“We don’t want to tail off at the end of the season like we did last year and the season before.

“We want to keep trying to win every game and the league’s that tight no-one is running away with it like previous seasons.”

Despite hinting at possible transfer activity in January, Bentley ruled out any moves before the Football League loan window closes on November 28.

The Shrimps boss also believes it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his side’s form can be something of a rollercoaster.

He said: “We’ve got to realise we’re one of the smaller clubs in this division.

“We’re here by right, we’ve had a good start, we’ve probably used the least players in the league but we’re going to have our ups and downs.

“It’s great when everyone’s patting you on the back when you’ve gone eight or nine unbeaten and everyone’s talking about the play-offs but it’s early days.

“Football’s a crazy game, a month ago we have five on the bench all young lads and were winning games, but now we’ve got a full squad to pick from we’ve won one in five.

“It’s what happens. They’re a great set of lads who always give their all. They are going to have their ups and downs.

“We aren’t one of the fancied teams, we haven’t got the financial clout some of the others do but what we are is a closely knit group.

“The board give us what they can to make sure we’re competitive so we’ve got to enjoy the ride and everyone from the staff, players, fans and directors have all got to pull together and make sure we see it through the rough times and enjoy the good times.”

Andy Parrish is expected to be fit for the trip to Oxford after twisting his ankle in the defeat to Southend.

Jack Redshaw is also not far from a return having missed the last couple of weeks after returning from hip surgery at Burton.