Bentley: We should relish being underdogs at Plymouth

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is hoping his side thrive as the underdogs when they travel to Plymouth on Saturday.

The Shrimps travel to in-form Argyle without a win in their last nine but Bentley is confident his players will relish the challenge.

He said: “They’re a massive club, certainly too big for this level in my opinion.

“It’ll be a big crowd and we’re up against one of the form sides.

“If it was me going into it I’d be really looking forward to it.

“It’s the lion’s den, all the odds are stacked against us and I expect the players to come out fighting and give a good account of themselves and hopefully we can get something out of the game.”

John Sheridan’s Pilgrims have won their last two including a stunning 4-0 triumph at Fleetwood on Tuesday night - a game which Bentley was in attendance for.

The performance of former Shrimps man Lewis Alessandra was just one of many to catch the eye.

Bentley said: “They’ve got a system that they’re playing at the moment which has turned things round for them a bit.

“They’ve had a couple of good wins at Dagenham, which is always a tough place to go, and I went to the game on Tuesday at Fleetwood and I thought they were excellent on the night.

“Reuben Reid and Lewis Alessandra played very well up front and they thoroughly deserved the win.

“They looked a good, solid organised outfit who are doing well at the moment. Their couple of wins just shows how tight the league is.

“A couple of weeks ago they were getting roped into the relegation battle and now they’ll be thinking they can make a late run for the play-offs.

“It’ll be a tough match but we’ve got to go there with the positives from the last few games.”

The packed midtable situation in League 2 means Bentley is well aware his side have to end their winless run sooner rather than later.

He said: “We need to be getting a little bit more than one point in games between now and the end of the season because of how tight the league is after this week’s results.

“We’re hoping our luck will change but we can’t affect it, we’ve just got to keep working hard.

“There’s good signs, there’s belief. We’ve just got to keep calm and trying to get the wins we need to move up the table.”