Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is happy playing the underdog against Premier League giants Newcastle. Adam Lord spoke to him ahead of the Shrimps’ biggest game since their Wembley win in 2007.
Jim Bentley knows the whole country will be cheering on his side when they host Newcastle on Wednesday night.
With the Premier League giants huge favourites in the Capital One Cup tie, the Shrimps boss is aware people up and down the land will be tuning in hoping for an upset.
But he insists the pressure is still completely off his side.
He said: “Not many people would have given us a chance against Wolves but no disrespect to Wolves, Newcastle are a bigger club that play at a higher level.
“They have a bigger, more talented squad with international players but football being football, 11 against 11, you’ve seen it last year with Bradford, there’s no pressure on us whatsoever going into the game.
“No-one in the country will expecting us to win the game but they’ll be getting right behind us because everyone loves the underdog.
“It’s for us to go out there and put a good show on and really work hard. You never know in football.”
And Bentley is looking forward to a record Globe Arena crowd playing their part in a potential cup shock and hopes tonight will inspire some to return on a more regular basis.
The Shrimps boss said: “We’ll get a big crowd in and that plays its part.
“I go back to the days when I played at Christie Park, against York in the play-offs, Chester in the cup, Hereford in the play-offs and Dagenham,
“Big crowds, good atmospheres and big occasions.
“It’s great not just for the football club and the players but the town as well and that’ll be the case on Wednesday night.
“I say it all the time but it’s important the public get behind the football club because without them these games will come round less and less.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to see a Premier League club against your local side.
“We need more and more days like this but it’s not possible without the town’s support.
“And I call on them to get behind us not just for this Newcastle game but right throughout the season because we really need them.”
Bentley agreed with chairman Peter McGuigan that Wednesday night’s cup clash represents his side’s biggest game since the 2007 Conference Play-Off final win over Exeter that saw them promoted to the Football League for the first time.
“I’d say it’s the biggest game since Wembley,” Bentley said.
“The first game at the Globe Arena against Coventry was a massive game for us as was the first Football League game against Barnet.
“We’ve had some good ones along the way, Preston away in the cup too.
“But being at home, in front of the live cameras, against a big Premier League club in a cup match, it doesn’t get much better than this one.
“It’ll be a big night in this club’s history.”