Morecambe boss Bentley wants reaction against Newport

Jim Bentley hugs Kevin Ellison after the striker helped inspire Morecambe's come-from-behind win against Newport earlier in the season.
Jim Bentley hugs Kevin Ellison after the striker helped inspire Morecambe's come-from-behind win against Newport earlier in the season.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley wants a reaction from his side as they look to keep up their perfect record against Newport County on Saturday.

The Shrimps have come from behind to win all three of their games with the Exiles but head to South Wales on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.

With Morecambe’s games against Newport always having goals, two 3-2s and a 4-1, Bentley is hoping his defence tightens up after an off-day on Sunday.

He said: “We want to get back to winnings way.

“We got the win against Mansfield and we were hoping to get the job done against Dagenham on Sunday but the performance wasn’t like us.

“We’ve been solid defensively this season. We looked jittery and made a couple of poor decisions.

“I was very disappointed and frustrated because we’re better than that.

“I’m hoping it was a blip and we’ve got to make sure there’s a response this weekend.

“Not just for me and the staff, not just for the fans, but for themselves as a group of players.

“It’s still all to play for and they owe it to themselves to take it out on Newport.”

Newport have been in and around the play-off places all season but have recently seen former manager Justin Edinburgh leave for Gillingham.

Currently sixth, caretaker boss Jimmy Dack saw his side record an impressive 2-1 win at high-flying Wycombe last time out.

Bentley said: “Jimmy Dack, a fella I kow quite well, is saying all the right things and there’s positivity after just beating Wycombe away.

“They’ll want to put more points on the board but we’re in better form than them over the last six games.

“I think they’ve conceded 12 goals in the last six as well.

“Whether it is or it isn’t a good time to be playing them we can only concentrate on ourselves.

“It’ll be a tough game as it always is.

“They are in the play-off positions at the moment so they must be doing something right.

“They’ve lost their manager and the last six games haven’t been great for them.

“But sometimes the players rally round to try and get the caretaker the job.

“We’ve just got to do the right thing and get a backlash from last weekend.”