Bentley: We’re fired up to avenge Cheltenham loss

Andy Wright challenges Matt Richards for the ball.
Andy Wright challenges Matt Richards for the ball.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes his side are fired up to avenge their early season loss to Cheltenham when the Robins visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Mark Yates’ side ended the Shrimps’ nine-game unbeaten run with a 3-0 victory back in October with Bentley believing his side didn’t get the rub of the green on the night.

And he believes that will give his side extra motivation in the return fixture.

Bentley said: “For me it was one of the turning points.

“We were nine unbeaten and sometimes in games there are little things that can turn your season.

“I hope we’ll look back at Barry Roche’s penalty save on Saturday (at Mansfield) as one of those.

“We took our unbeaten run to the last game against Cheltenham and a refereeing decision which led to Mark Hughes’ sending off was harsh.

“They scored right from the free-kick for his first booking that looked a foul the other way to me and it was an uphill battle for us.

“It was a little bit of a turnaround and set us on our disappointing run.

“We certainly owe them one because of the game from a few months ago and it is certainly in the minds of the players.”

Bentley is also hoping his side can end a disappointing run of home form that sees them without a win in their last four League 2 games at the Globe Arena.

He said: “You always want to win your home games.

“We have dipped below the line recently and anyone’s capable of beating anyone so it will be a tough game on Saturday.

“Cheltenham are seven unbeaten now. They’re a good side at this level, I know what they’re all about, I know Mark Yates very well.

“They’ve got a good squad with players that can hurt you but we’re confident and hopefully we can get back to winning ways at home.”

The Shrimps will be without Kevin Ellison who is set to be out until at least the New Year after fracturing his eye socket in the win over Mansfield.

There has also been some illness in and around the squad this week with Andy Parrish and Chris McCready doubts for the Robins clash.