Bentley: We can turn corner at Exeter

Jack Redshaw looks to take on Rochdale's Joe Rafferty. Picture: Mike Williamson
Jack Redshaw looks to take on Rochdale's Joe Rafferty. Picture: Mike Williamson

Jim Bentley insists there is no panic at Morecambe as his side’s slide down the League 2 table continues.

The Shrimps are now 15th in League 2 after their winless run moved to seven games with a 2-1 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.

But Bentley is confident his side will turn things around sooner rather than later and break through the 40 point barrier in their rearranged game at Exeter City on Tuesday night.

The Morecambe boss said: “Thirty to 40 (points) has been a big drag.

“We shot out of the traps and were in the top four or five for a long spell but have tailed off a little bit.

“But we haven’t been steam rolled by anyone it’s just been that little bit of the rub of the green.

“Whatever it may be, the decisions, the bounce, it’s just deserting us at the moment.

“Little things aren’t dropping for us but that happens when you’re on a sticky spell.

“We’ve just got to keep calm, keep working hard and I’m sure we’ll turn the corner.

“And hopefully we can get over that 40 point mark sooner rather than later.”

Exeter are first up for the Shrimps with Paul Tisdale’s side on the same number of points but two places better off than Bentley’s side.

The Shrimps boss said: “It’s really congested and it’s been like that all season.

“We went four or five games without winning and stopped in ninth position for a few weeks but it’s a tight league.

“All the leagues are tight this year but we’ve proven we can beat anyone on our day with wins against Chesterfield at home and Newport, Southend and Burton away.

“We’ve had some good results on the road and at home as well, so we know that we’re capable of beating anyone.”

St James’ Park has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the Shrimps with Bentley optimistic about getting a result.

He said: “It’s a game we’re looking forward to and we’ve got to take the positives from Saturday and try and bounce back.

“If we’re at it, play the stuff we can, tighten up on a few nuts and bolts we’re capable of beating anyone.

“We won 3-0 there last year and they’re struggling a bit for form at home but they’ve got good players and they won on Saturday.

“They’re in and around us so it’s a big game for both teams. 
“It’ll be another mighty challenge but one that we’re looking forward to.”

Alex Kenyon will serve the final game of his three-match ban at Exeter.