Morecambe keeping calm ahead of Southend

Andy Parrish is a doubt for Morecambe against Southend. Picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle
Andy Parrish is a doubt for Morecambe against Southend. Picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

Jim Bentley insists there’s no panic at the Globe Arena as his side look to end a 10-game winless run against Southend on Saturday.

Phil Brown’s side are without a victory in nine themselves but Shrimps boss Bentley admitted his side were in a relegation battle following the 5-0 drubbing at Plymouth last time out.

He said: “It’s a difficult run that we’re on but I’m positive as always and I instil that in the players and hopefully we can get a result.

“You’ve got to be calm but I’m realistic and the table doesn’t lie.

“There’s no use panicking about it. It is what it is and you’ve just got to embrace the challenge and hopefully your big players play well, we cut out any individual errors and certainly the rub of the green plays a part.

“We’re capable of upsetting anyone and hopefully we can do that between now and the end of the season.

“Southend are in the play-offs but they’re on a sticky run at the moment.”

The Shrimps are unbeaten against the Essex side in the Football League but will be looking to avenge a 3-0 FA Cup defeat at the Globe Arena back in November.

Bentley said: “They haven’t beaten us as a league team and the FA Cup defeat was down to a couple of factors.

“We were two down in the first 10 or 15 minutes but there had been a crash on the motorway and most of the lads arrived at 2.15 so it was a bit of a rush job and in the first 15 minutes we looked like we were still on the motorway.

“We warmed into the game but they hit us on the break in the last minute.

“Like us, they’re on a terrible run themselves at the moment.

“It’s a game we’re looking forward to and everyone’s ready and raring to go and hopefully we can get back on the winning trail.”

The Shrimps boss is expected to make at least two changes for the game with Andy Parrish having not trained all week due to a back problem and Jack Redshaw suffering with a hip niggle.

Jamie Devitt will serve the final game of his three-match ban but Padraig Amond is available again after his hamstring injury.

Bentley said: “They’ll probably be a few changes.

“There’s lads chomping at the bit to get back in the team and there’s one or two little niggles.”