Bentley: It could be a good time to play Oxford

Jack Redshaw.
Jack Redshaw.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes it could be a good time to play Oxford United on the back of their first away defeat of the season.

The Us lost 3-2 at Newport on Tuesday having gone a club record 16 games on the road unbeaten.

Bentley is hoping the Shrimps can make it back-to-back defeats but is under no illusions about the test his side face against a team third in League 2.

He said: “Oxford are one of the top sides.

“Is it a good time to play them? Maybe, because they’ve just lost for the first time away from home.

“They’ve got one or two injuries and they probably won’t fancy coming up to Morecambe.

“We’ve got to make sure we take the positives we’ve shown in the last few weeks.

“We’re back at home after two away trips in front of our fans and hopefully they can get right behind us and we can give it a right good go.”

Victory would end the Shrimps’ eight-game winless run that has seen them drop into the mid-table pack.

And Bentley is confident his side’s luck will change sooner rather than later.

He said: “If you look at the last nine games since we won against Fleetwood, it’s four draws and four defeats.

“And if we have lost it’s only been by the odd goal.

“So all the games have been tight. I find myself using the same terms of fine dividing lines, not much between the teams, tight games.

“It’s just defining moments whether it’s a lucky bounce, a refereeing decision so we’ve not had much luck but these things happen.

“When we went nine games unbeaten, 10 games unbeaten, we had that bit of luck.

“I’m a believer that you earn your own luck by hard work and it’ll even itself out.

“But we’ve got a lot of tough games to come.”

Shaun Beeley is set to return to the side after missing out at Exeter with a sore knee while Alex Kenyon is also available after a three-match ban.

Jamie Devitt is however suspended after his red card at St James’ Park in what would have been the final game of his loan spell. The Shrimps are however working to extend it for another month.

Jack Redshaw is set to be assessed after suffering from a bug in the warm up at St James’ Park.

Bentley said: “He’s had this little bug that started in the warm up at Exeter on Tuesday. We got told it was gastroenteritis and paramedics had to look at him.

“He even travelled home on his own so he didn’t pass anything on.

“He wasn’t sick yesterday (Wednesday), he’s beginning to get a little bit of food down him and he’s not in today (Thursday) but if he’s back tomorrow (Friday) hopefully he can play a part on Saturday.”