Morecambe boss Bentley: ‘So far, so good’

The Morecambe players celebrate Andy Fleming's second goal against Exeter.
The Morecambe players celebrate Andy Fleming's second goal against Exeter.
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JIM Bentley says his side are on a high after their excellent start to the new season which ended with them topping League 2 and looking forward to a Capital One clash at Premiership side Sunderland next week.

The Morecambe boss said his players are brimming with confidence and looking forward to the games ahead after victories at Blackpool and Exeter.

He said: “Training on Monday was amazing. The lads were in fantastic spirits and the session was brilliant.

“There was a real buzz about the place and it was as close to being a perfect training session that you could ever get.

“The team spirit is great and I think those that have seen us play so far will have seen that. In both games we have been really highly organised and shown a great determination while at the other end we have taken our chances.

“We have had two great wins but I also think we can play better. We can pass the ball better and be sharper going forward but it’s definitely a case of so far so good.”

With games against York and Port vale at the Globe Arena this week Bentley said his aim now was to ensure his side improve their poor home form of recent years.

The Shrimps have won only 12 games in two seasons at the Globe Arena and the manager says that is something that has to change this season.

He said: “One of the goals we have set this year is to get more points at home. We all know we have been poor at the Globe over the past couple of seasons but we have to put that behind us now.

“Our fans have been fantastic away from home so far this season and if we can make the same sort of noise at home it will help create the atmosphere we have all been looking for since we moved.”

Andy Wright and Lewis Alessandra should both be fit again for the Port Vale clash after missing the game at Exeter.

The manager has told his players to put the Sunderland game next Tuesday to the back of their minds but admits it was a great draw for the club.

“I would obviously have liked Everton but apart from that this is the best draw we could have had,” said Bentley. It will be great to pit our wits against Premiership opposition in a fantastic stadium and it will be a great experience for the players and the fans.”

Tickets for the Sunderland game are priced at £10 if bought in advance or £12 on the day and £5 (£6) for juniors 16 and under and concessions.

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