Morecambe’s confidence still high after back-to-back defeats

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says confidence is still high at the Globe Arena despite his side suffering back-to-back defeats.

The Shrimps’ nine-match unbeaten run ended with defeat at Cheltenham before the latest reverse against Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

But Bentley says team spirit is good amongst his players ahead of the trip to Burton this weekend.

He said: “We’re four points off top of the table.

“We’ve used the least amount of players this season but now we’ve got one or two coming back into the equation that can freshen things up and boost us a little bit.

“We’re the joint-fourth leading goalscorers in the league so we know we can score goals. We’ve got to tighten up at the back but the spirit’s still there.

“We’ve taken a knock over the last couple of games but on Monday morning there was no-one more positive than me.

“The team spirit’s good and the togetherness is there.

“Everyone’s full of beans and can’t wait for the next game.”

Bentley insists recent results only highlight how tight League 2 is this season.

He said: “It’s two games. The league is tough.

“We are capable of going eight games unbeaten and we are capable of losing a few too.

“I think every team’s like that.

“Look at Chesterfield, they haven’t won in the last five or six games and they’re my favourites for the league.

“No-one’s got a divine right to win a game of football at this level.

“We beat Chesterfield when they were top of the league and we’ve been beaten by Accrington when they were bottom of the league.

“It’s just throwing up so many mad results and you can see how tight the league is.

“If we’d got a point against Accrington and held on against Dagenham we’d have been top of the league.

“But we’re in a decent enough position.”