Bentley desperate for positive reaction

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says his side are desperate to put Saturday’s heavy 4-0 defeat against Fleetwood behind them as soon as possible.

Bentley apologised to supporters for his side’s dismal derby display but said he would be doing everything he could to make sure his players bounce back as soon as possible.

He said: “Saturday was an off day, there is no doubt about that.

“Too many players were off the pace and individual errors proved costly. We had little pockets of the game but once they got the first goal they got stronger and stronger and were the better team on the day.

“I’ve been looking at my own decisions and with hindsight could have done a couple of things differently but we have to realise quickly that everyone has off days and the strongest sides put it to the back of their minds as soon as possible.

“We have two away games coming up now and both will be tough. We obviously want to win those games but whatever happens I want a positive reaction and a positive performance.

“We are not blessed with the biggest squad in the world but I know I have a bunch of honest players who want to win games as much as I do and they will be working hard in training this week to get things right.”

Bentley is hoping to have Andy Fleming available again this weekend after the midfielder missed Saturday’s game with a virus.

*THE Shrimps have been drawn at home against Preston North End in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in a repeat of last season’s fixture which ended with a penalty shoot out win for the visitors.The game is set to take place on Tuesday, October 9.