Bentley: We’re not doing badly at all

Andy Fleming will return for Morecambe against Northampton.
Andy Fleming will return for Morecambe against Northampton.
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Jim Bentley insists he has taken pride from his side’s performance so far this season.

The Shrimps were thumped 5-1 at Lancashire rivals Accrington on Tuesday night but sit 13th in League 2 which the Morecambe boss believes isn’t a bad return for of club of their size.

He said: “We’re not in a bad position.

“I’d rather be in ours than Torquay or Northampton’s so there’s still plenty to be positive about.

“Our form has been up and down. We went nine unbeaten and then 10 without a win.

“We’re in 13th position, we’re not in a bad position.

“No-one knows the circumstances at the club that I work under sometimes.

“I haven’t just sliced a bit off the budget while I’ve been here I’ve knocked off hundreds of thousands of pounds and I’ll be honest about that.

“I think I’m doing alright and I’ll take pride in that.

“No other manager loves the club like me. When we lose against Plymouth and Accrington there’s no-one who hurts like I do and no-one more ready for the next challenge than me.”

The next test comes in the form of second bottom Northampton who are the visitors to the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Bentley said: “In the last four games we’ve won two, drawn one and lost one and if we do that again in the next four games I’ll be over the moon.

“Saturday’s a big game because Northampton are closing the gap on everyone and the longer it goes on the more you get dragged into it but if we can string two wins together like last week we can move away from it and start looking at the teams above us.

“What we want to get to is our first target which is 50 points and then we can start moving on to our next one.

“We’re one win away from that and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Stewart Drummond is likely to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his toe with Andy Parrish and Shaun Beeley also missing with knee and hamstring problems respectively.

Andy Fleming is however set to come straight back into the starting 11 after serving a two-game ban.