Morecambe boss Bentley wants more of the same against Cambridge

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hands out instructions at Accrington.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hands out instructions at Accrington.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley wants to see more of the qualities his side showed in the derby draw with Accrington between now and the end of the season.

After humbling defeats to Dagenham, whose relegation was confirmed on Saturday, and Hartlepool The Shrimps were much improved in the 2-2 stalemate at Stanley last time out.

Bentley next takes his 19th-placed side, who mathematically made sure of their Football League status on Saturday, to Cambridge tonight, Tuesday, with Shaun Derry’s side hoping to keep up their outside chance of the play-offs.

The U’s are 12th in League 2, five points shy of the top seven with four games to play after a 0-0 draw at home to nine-man Carlisle last time out.

The Shrimps boss said: “It was a battle in difficult conditions on Saturday but we got a point from it and there were plenty of positives.

“It was a good response after the Hartlepool defeat and now we go again with what is another difficult game.

“We want to finish the season strongly and want to win every game but Cambridge are doing well themselves.

“It will be tough one but hopefully we can go with the same determination and character as we had on Saturday and get something from the game.”

Tuesday night’s game will see Bentley come up against former Shrimps team mate Jimmy Spencer, the striker having scored five goals for the U’s since being released by Notts County in January.

The 24-year-old spent the 2010-11 season with Morecambe on loan from Huddersfield winning plenty of admirers at the Globe Arena.

Bentley said: “They’ve got good players there and Jimmy’s one of those.

“They’ve brought him from Notts County where he wasn’t getting a look in and he’s scored goals and is doing well for them.

“He’s always a player I admired when we played together at Morecambe.

“He’ll be one of a couple of players who’ve got big strengths. It’ll be a tough game for us but we responded well on Saturday and scored two good goals ourselves.”

Manchester United loanee Kieran O’Hara will continue in goal as Barry Roche serves the second game of his two-match suspension.

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