Bentley: Let’s make home advantage count against Exeter

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Jim Bentley is hoping the town come out and support his Morecambe side against Exeter on Saturday at the start of a big week for the club.

The Shrimps boss wants to see more people come through the turnstiles at the Globe Arena ahead of Newcastle’s visit in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

And he hopes the feel-good factor will spur his side on to a first League 2 win of the season against the unbeaten Grecians.

He said: “It’s always a tough test against Exeter, they’re a good side, with a manager who’s been there a long time and knows what the league is all about.

“They’ve got good players, (John) O’Flynn scored two last week and he’s started really well but it’s early days.

“We’re at home, we’ve got to make sure we try and make that count and hopefully they’ll be a good feel around the place with the Newcastle game coming up.

“Hopefully we can get a few through the gate to really get behind us.

“As far as I’m concerned the most important game is the next game and it’s one that we want to take at least a point from.”

Bentley will be looking for an improvement from his side on the disappointing 3-0 reverse at Portsmouth last Saturday.

He said: “We watched the DVD as a group on Tuesday and I told them in no uncertain terms that I demand more.

“Portsmouth were a good side and you won’t get a bigger club at this level, but they are where they are and I believe we go into every game trying to win that game and Portsmouth was no different.

“It’s the way that we lost the game that concerns me the most, we didn’t show enough in certain areas.

“We played a part in losing the game ourselves.

“But it’s gone and we’ve got to learn from it and I’d like to think we have with what we’ve worked on in training this week. “

Andy Wright serves a one-game ban on Saturday after being sent off at Fratton Park but Chris McCready returned to training on Thursday as he continues his return from ankle surgery.

Kevin Ellison and Marcus Marshall are also back in full training and pushing for starts against Exeter.

Bentley said: “Slowly but surely we’re getting key players back but we lose one to suspension so it’s not exactly how we’d want it but we’ve got a few more in the squad come this Saturday.”