Shrimps aim to halt Pilgrims’ progress

Rhys Turner impressed when Morecambe defeated Plymouth Argyle at the Globe Arena in November
Rhys Turner impressed when Morecambe defeated Plymouth Argyle at the Globe Arena in November

Morecambe are hoping 
history repeats itself when they face Plymouth Argyle 
tomorrow.

The Shrimps travel to Home Park on the back of three consecutive defeats this month against Blackpool, Yeovil Town and Newport County AFC.

However, Jim Bentley’s players got the better of Argyle when the two sides met at the Globe Arena in November, snapping a club record seven straight home league losses.

Having been unfancied to claim three points on that day, Bentley is hoping the ‘outsiders’ tag is similarly successful on Saturday.

“We’ve done it before this season when no one gave us a chance,” he said of November’s victory.

“Plymouth were riding high at the top of the table but everyone is capable of beating everyone else in this league.

“Plymouth haven’t been great at home lately because they have lost a couple of games but it’s a good place to go and play.

“There will be a decent crowd as they are fighting for promotion and we’re hoping to get back to winning ways and, hopefully, that will be the case.”

Argyle have lost three of their last four league matches at home with Leyton Orient, Notts County and Blackpool having won at Home Park within the last month.

Nevertheless, they remain second in the League Two table, six points behind Doncaster Rovers but 10 clear of fourth-placed Carlisle United with nine games of the season to go.

“They have ambitions to get out of the division and have a decent manager in Derek Adams,” Bentley said.

“They will come at us because they are the home side.

“They have got some very good players in there like Graham Carey, who is one of the best players in the division.

“Jake Jervis is a good player and Matty Kennedy is doing well for them. We know they are a strong outfit with players who can hurt you.

“They have had a good season, playing Liverpool in the FA Cup as well, and have been in the top three for the whole season.

“It’s going to be a hard game for us but Doncaster Rovers, Portsmouth and Carlisle United were as well and we picked up points in our away games against them.

“They won’t underestimate us but we have to make sure we turn the corner with regards to how we perform to get something from the game.”