Bentley warns of tough month ahead for Morecambe

Kevin Ellison fires wide for Morecambe against Northampton as he is flagged offside.
Kevin Ellison fires wide for Morecambe against Northampton as he is flagged offside.

Jim Bentley has warned things won’t get any easier for Morecambe as they look to bounce back from three straight defeats.

The next three weeks will see the Shrimps take on three of League 2’s top four, starting with the visit to Southend United on Saturday.

Bentley’s sixth-placed side also face Wycombe and Burton with a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at another in-form side Bury on the horizon.

The Shrimps boss said: “As quick as you can get momentum winning games and getting to the top of the table it can easily go the other way as well.

“We’re in a little bit of a sticky situation at the moment but we’re still in the top seven.

“Yes we’ve lost the last three but we could easily have taken something from them.

“We haven’t for one reason or another but we’ve got to stick together, keep working hard and we need to improve to make sure that we start getting points on the board in what is going to be a difficult month for us now.

“We’re playing some top sides and they’re all difficult games but we know we’re capable of beating anyone if we’re on our game.”

One particularly disappointing trend for the Shrimps has been the fact they haven’t scored in three 1-0 defeats on the spin.

Bentley however is confident his striking talent will turn things around sooner rather than later.

He said: “We’ve got the firepower to create chances and score goals but we haven’t been doing that.

“We’ve got confidence in them, we have got goals in the side and we’re not getting steamrolled by anyone. 
“Every game we’ve lost this season has been by the odd goal.

“Sometimes it’s easier if you come off and say to the lads, ‘well they’re streets ahead of us’. 
“When you get beaten three or 4-0 you’ve got to give credit where credit’s due.

“But in the games recently we’ve been coming off saying well we’ve got a bit more in our locker there and we should have taken something from the game.

“We’ve got to take it on the chin and hopefully we can start putting the ball in the back of the net sooner rather than later.”