Bentley calls for more desire

Jim Bentley gave his side a rocket a half-time on Saturday
Jim Bentley gave his side a rocket a half-time on Saturday
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Morecambe will be aiming to stay on their perch at the top of League Two when they host Oxford United at the Globe Arena tonight (7.45pm).

The Shrimps sit at the summit on maximum points after wins over Dagenham and Newport.

In contrast, Oxford arrive in Lancashire having lost their opening two league fixtures.

They are managed by former Preston midfielder Michael Appleton, who more recently had short-lived spells in charge of Blackpool and Blackburn.

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley admitted that it needed a half-time blast from him to inspire the Newport victory.

His side trailed 2-0 inside 29 minutes before second-half goals from Kevin Ellison (2) and Paul Mullin turned the contest on its head.

Said Bentley: “We were very poor in the first half.

“I don’t want to be going through the season as England’s comeback kings again but credit where credit’s due.

“There were a few stern words and a couple of changes at half-time.

“Then we went about our jobs in the manner we know we can do and we ran out winners. It was a fantastic game of two halves.

“We all know in Morecambe if someone puts that wind machine on down at the prom it can have an affect on the game.

“Newport won the toss and turned us round and took the wind, and they played the conditions superbly.

“They got all over us, played the set-plays and had a height and power advantage. I expect a little bit more desire.”