Morecambe boss Jim Bentley thinks striker Jack Redshaw’s scintillating form can fire his side to a play-off spot.
Redshaw has netted three times in the last five games and opened the scoring in the 10-man Shrimps’ 3-2 away victory over promotion-chasing Luton Town last Saturday.
When Jack is on his game he is one of the better strikers in the league
And the Morecambe boss hopes the 24-year-old striker will continue to ruffle defenders’ feathers against rock-bottom Hartlepool at the Globe Arena tomorrow.
He said: “When Jack is on his game he is one of the better strikers in the league so we need him to be firing on all cylinders – as he has been – from now on until the end of the season.
“If he is doing well we will stand a better chance of winning games. He looks a threat, he is working hard and getting in peoples faces – which we have asked him to do more.
“He is creating chances and he seems to be working the keeper or scoring goals, which is great. ”
Bentley’s men are 12th in the League Two table and seven points off a play-off spot and he believes consistency is key.
He said: “It is all about putting the ball in the back of the net. You could see the confidence on Saturday after Jack’s opener.
“If we can get that consistency and that winning feeling more often, I’m sure we can go from strength to strength. We have an outside chance of making a late run for the play-offs. We are in a good position.”
Ryan Edwards will miss tomorrow’s clash after he was dismissed in the 80th minute against Luton.
The defender was sent off for two bookable offences but Bentley’s men rallied and bagged a late winner.
And the Shrimps boss believes the manner in which his side toppled high-flying Luton was just the tonic after a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Cambridge.
He said: “There is no greater way to bounce back than against one of the top sides – a team that hadn’t been beaten since the start of September at home.
“We were excellent. It has given everyone a lift.”
Since the Shrimps were booed off against Cambridge, Bentley’s men also drew at Oxford. Central midfielder Andy Wright made his return from a hernia injury in the 1-1 draw.
And Bentley praised his impact. He said: “I didn’t think we did ourselves justice in the middle of the park against Cambridge. I thought we struggled.
“Changes needed to be made at Oxford. Wrighty has gone back out there and done well.”
But Bentley is not underestimating tomorrow’s opposition.
He said: “You can’t take your foot off the gas at all. They will be a threat. They are fighting for their lives.
They are a big, powerful side with decent wingerse. We have got to make sure we start the game like we did against Luton.”