Refreshed Morecambe ready for Wycombe visit

Jack Redshaw looks to take on his man at Torquay. Picture: Mike Williamson
Jack Redshaw looks to take on his man at Torquay. Picture: Mike Williamson

Jim Bentley is confident his side will have recharged their batteries ahead of Wycombe’s visit to the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Morecambe boss has given his players two days off this week after a tough festive period with the Shrimps picking up just one point from their last three games.

Bentley said: “Four games in 10 days takes its toll on anyone and within our small squad some players have played the four games, so it’s been a big ask.

“And with the travelling over to York and Torquay, which is always a long trip, it’s been a busy few days.

“We’ve been in Monday this week but given the players Tuesday and Wednesday off to recharge their batteries because they didn’t have much time off over the festive period.

“It’s a bit of breather. The players, myself, Kenny and the staff have put a lot of hard work in and sometimes you need a break because it does mentally and physically take its toll.”

And a refreshed Shrimps will be looking to take advantage of a Wycombe side who are on a patchy run and will be missing key players.

Bentley: “Similar to ourselves, they started the season well and were right up there but have tailed off.

“They’re missing one of their best players in (Anthony) Stewart the centre half after he got sent off and Dean Morgan who has always played well against us and I think is one of the better players at this level is injured.

“They’ve also just been beaten 3-0, are on a sticky spell and it’s a long trip.

“Hopefully we’re playing them at a good time but we’ve always got the respect the opposition, they’ve still got (Jo) Kuffour, (Matt) McClure, Paris Cowan-Hall, Sam Wood and they’ve got goals at the back from set plays too.

“I’m sure Gareth Ainsworth will certainly have them up for it and they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways just as we will.”

Bentley knows January is a key month for his side both on and off the field, with a good string of results possibly setting the Shrimps up for a tilt at the League 2 play-offs.

He said: “It’s a big month for us because if we don’t get our act together we could easily drop down as Wycombe have but you can certainly push on like Scunthorpe who were below us a month or so ago.

“They’ve gone on a great run and are now top of the league.

“I spoke to (Chesterfield manager) Paul Cook the other day and he seems to think it will be an all-time low (points total) to get into the automatic promotion spots and the play-off places and it might be an all-time high that goes down.”

“No-one’s been absolutely consistent this season and run away with it. It’s all still to play for.”