Morecambe boss Bentley: I understand fan frustration

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has insisted he understands fans’ frustration as his side look to end their five-game winless run against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps shipped four goals for the third time in four games in the 4-3 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday as their defensive woes went on.

Bentley’s men will now look to avenge a 4-2 home loss to Dagenham in the FA Cup two Tuesdays ago in the rearranged League 2 clash.

The Globe Arena chief said: “We could do with a win anywhere, an ugly 1-0 or whatever.

“We know we’re capable of going four wins on the spin like we did recently.

“But we’ve now gone five or six without a win, that’s the nature of this league.

“Now we go back home against Dagenham looking for revenge and we’ve got to give it our best shot.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, it’s about sticking together.

“I can understand fans’ frustration. Our lads are struggling for confidence.”

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Bentley has revealed that a couple of his players are at “rock bottom” meaning he tried to add more than just Blackburn Rovers striker Anton Forrester when the loan window closed on Thursday.

He said: “Their confidence is at an all-time low.

“They’re good players, they’re honest but they are only human beings and sometimes players are playing at the height of confidence and sometimes when things aren’t going well it can become really testing times.

“I tried to bring one or two into the backline on deadline day but we just managed to get the lad Forrester who did okay when he came on on Saturday.

“It’s not rocket science, we know where the problem lies.

“We are too easy to score against.

“We’ve got to keep working hard with them and try and see them through this difficult period.”

Bentley insists that if his side can get through their sticky path then there is plenty to play for in League 2.

He said: “We’ve got to drag ourselves up and hopefully and get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

“If we win that we could be back into the top 12 and looking up. Things soon change in football.”

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