Bentley hails Shrimps character in Mansfield win

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed his side’s character after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Mansfield on Saturday.

The Shrimps went in at half-time 1-0 down but goals from Jack Redshaw and Kevin Ellison fired them to within three points of the League 2 play-offs.

Bentley said: “We’ve given ourselves an uphill task many times this season and we struggled to find our rhythm on Saturday.

“We had worked on a couple of things in the week but gave them that little yard of space and the lad (Ross Dyer) has taken the chance well.

“The lads came in at half-time and felt a little hard done because we’re having a patchy spell, as are Mansfield.

“But I made a couple of changes at half-time and we showed unbelievable character.”

Bentley was delighted with the impact made by half-time substitutes Redshaw and Andy Fleming.

He said: “We knew we had a strong bench today, we knew Redshaw and (Andy) Fleming could come on and affect the game, and that’s exactly what they did.

“From minute one in the second half we played some decent stuff, got in behind them a couple of times, had some really good passing sequences and got into dangerous areas and forced one or two chances.

“Then we got the goal through Jack. I think Drummy did unbelievably to fight through the middle of the park and never give it up before pulling it back for Jack to score.

“After that it only looked like one team was going to win in, the crowd had turned on them and we had our tails up.”

It wasn’t all plain sailing however with Morecambe needing Barry Roche to save a Sam Clucas penalty on their way to victory.

Bentley said: “We’ve got to defend better and whether it was or it wasn’t, a penalty’s been given.

“Big Baz has pulled off an unbelievable save for us though and we kept forcing the issue and Kev’s (Ellison) put his head in where not many others will and that’s what he’s all about.

“It came at a cost and he’s gone off after we made the three subs and the lads have had to dig in for six minutes of injury time and when called upon Baz has made a good save right at the death.

“I think it’s what we deserved overall, we’ve had a bit of a sticky spell and certain little bits have gone against us but we stuck at it today.

“I’m absolutely made up for the group in there and the fans that have travelled.”