Bentley’s delight at return to winning ways at home

Morecambe FC.
Morecambe FC.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed a “great day” for the Shrimps as they swept aside Portsmouth at the Globe Arena.

Bentley, who also won the club’s Grand National sweepstake on Saturday, saw his side win 3-1 thanks to a rare brace from Alex Kenyon and a stunning strike from Padraig Amond.

He said: “It was a great day.

“We’re five unbeaten now and have won the last two against two of the fancied sides before the start of the season.

“There were some really strong performances and it’s a fantastic three points against the biggest club in the league.

“Their fans were brilliant, they always travel well, but our fans were the same.

“They got right behind us when we needed it and I’m pleased for them more than anyone that we’ve got back to winning ways on our own patch.

“We deserved the victory. We looked threatening, got into some promising areas, played some good football and my only disappointment is not keeping a clean sheet.

“After the injury we looked sloppy and they got in and scored and you’re thinking here we go.

“It brought the nervous edge back and it would have been a killer if they scored an equaliser but thankfully we kept going the other way and Padraig Amond put in a fantastic finish for the all important third.”

While Amond and Kenyon will grab the headlines, Bentley praised a fine team display with players impressing from back to front.

He said: “I thought Jamie Devitt’s delivery was spot on today and the desire and timing from Alex to get on the end of the first one was great.

“He deserves his man of the match because he got two goals but Padraig Amond’s strike is even better again.

“But I think there were some strong performances right throughout the team.”