Jim Bentley: Positions of Morecambe and Stevenage show how strong League 2 is

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes the lowly positions of both The Shrimps and Stevenage show just how strong League 2 has been this season.

The teams, 20th and 21st respectively, meet at the Globe Arena on Saturday having both had seasons to forget.

Stevenage will be led by Darren Sarll having dispensed with the services of former England striker Teddy Sheringham in February while Bentley is under more pressure than he’s ever been during his near five years at the helm.

The under-fire Shrimps boss will be looking for an improved defensive display after the 7-0 hammering at Cambridge on Tuesday night, Stevenage having won their first game between the sides 4-3 back in November.

Bentley said: “I believe the league is stronger this year and clubs like ourselves and Stevenage have found that because we’re at the wrong end of the table.

“Every game’s difficult. You’ve got to give it your all just to get a point.

“We’ll expect no different from Stevenage. They’ve got that pressure off now because they’ve just got themselves mathematically safe.

“We had a decent game down there but if there was a game this season that highlighted what our problem was going to be it was Stevenage away.

“We got beat 4-3 and I think Barry Roche saved two penalties on the day.”

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“We want to finish as high as possible and there’s pride on the line.

“We want to finish above Stevenage and this is an ideal opportunity for us at home to win and put us in a better position to finish above them and maybe claw one or two others back.”

The main work for Bentley ahead of the game will be to rebuild belief after Tuesday night’s Football League record defeat for The Shrimps.

The Shrimps boss said; “In life and in football you can’t dwell, you can’t look back.

“You can’t affect the past, you can only affect the future and we’ve got to put all our energies into trying to win Saturday’s match in front of our home fans.

“It was a disappointing night for us but you’ve got to move on.

“We’ve got to pick the lads up, they’re a strong group anyway. They’ve got some decent character and some experienced lads in there who weren’t on the pitch on Tuesday.

“They’ll definitely come back into the reckoning on Saturday.

“Between the staff and those experienced lads it’s down to us to get around the group, gee everyone up and have a positive couple of days leading into the game on Saturday.

“The players have got to respond in the right manner for themselves as a group but those (46) fans who travelled all that way to see such a terrible defeat we’ve got to give them some payback.

“It’ll be nice to if we can give them something to cheer about on Saturday.”

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