Morecambe aim to maintain perfect Newport record

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is hoping his side will be able to keep up their hold over Newport County.

The Shrimps have won all three games between the sides but head to Rodney Parade on Saturday looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-2 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Bentley said: “Newport’s a tough game.

“They’re all tough games but the thing with Newport is we’ve had the upper hand on them.

“We beat them back-to-back last season and earlier this season and there’s always goals in the games.

“But we’ll have to play better than we did on Sunday.

“If I was the Newport manager watching us I’d know where to hurt us.

“We’ve got to make sure we put a better show on.”

Bentley felt his side missed a real opportunity on Sunday having picked up their first win of 2015 against Mansfield last Tuesday night.

The result left the Shrimps eight points off the League 2 play-offs ahead of the game against a side sixth in the division but smarting after manager Justin Edinburgh left for Gillingham.

Bentley said: “The league’s so frustrating.

“If you can put a couple of wins together you’re right back in it.

“That’s what was so frustrating about Sunday.

“I’m so hungry for success and I felt a bit let down. We’ll work extra hard this week and make sure we start the game better and have a good go.

“We want to get ourselves back on track and further up the table which is where we want to be.”

Morecambe’s Reserves lost 2-0 to Wigan at the Globe Arena on Tuesday with Andy Wright and Joe McGee both playing 45 minutes on their returns from injury.

Barry Roche is spending another at the St George’s Park National Football Centre as he continues his rehabilitation from hip surgery.