Jack’s red hot but Bentley eyes loans

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley may be forced to dip into the loan market ahead of Sunday’s clash against Exeter at the Globe Arena.

Jamie Devitt came off with a hamstring injury in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against York and Bentley is assessing the fitness of several other key players ahead of this weekend match.

He said: “We have one or two injuries to key players which we picked up on Tuesday night.

“It means we will have to look into the loan market to bolster our squad.”

Bentley was buoyed by the return of attacker Jack Redshaw and the form of new boy Tom Barkhuizer.

Barkhuizer is on a one-month loan from Blackpool and the youngster teed up fellow substitute Redshaw for a last-gasp equaliser on Tuesday night.

And Bentley hinted that the duo may have earned a place in Sunday’s starting XI.

He said: “Jack had a little problem with shin splints which we have been managing.

“He didn’t feature against Burton but he came off the bench for 40 minutes on Tuesday and he was fantastic.

“He’s pushing for a recall to the starting XI.

“We’ve had our eye on Tom for a while. We enquired about him last season. In his two substitute appearances he has proven that he is energetic, quick and intelligent.

“He provided a beautifully weighted pass in to Redshaw for the goal on Tuesday night.

“Tom has improved the squad and it looks like there is more to come from 
him.”

The Shrimps are seventh in the League Two table and have switched the clash to Sunday to try and entice more spectators to the Globe Arena.

And Bentley is hoping to build on a 2-0 win over second place Burton Albion and Tuesday’s draw against a struggling York side.

He said: “We are on a good run of form. In the last two games we have conceded one goal, scored three and got four points. Burton are a top side and York may be in the bottom two but they have just changed manager and had a tough start.”

Bentley praised Exeter boss Paul Tisdale, currently the longest-serving Football League manager.

He said: “They have had a bit of a sticky start but they have just beaten league leaders Wycome 2-1 on Tuesday night and they are a good footballing side.

“Paul is also one of the best-dressed managers in this league!

“We’ve crossed paths a few times. We played Exeter in the play-off final in 2007 and to have been in the job since 2006 is testament to his talent.”