Shrimps looking to end hoodoo

Jim Bentley

Jim Bentley

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If Morecambe hold the Indian sign over last weekend’s opponents Southend United, then the boot is on the other foot tomorrow when they welcome Wycombe to the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps’ 1-0 victory at Roots Hall was their eighth win in an unbeaten nine-match run against the Shrimpers.

If their record against Southend is something to shout about, then less should be said about their head-to-head history with the Chairboys, who have begun the season in fine style and are currently placed second in League Two.

Morecambe have never beaten Wycombe in 10 attempts – a record which took manager Jim Bentley by surprise.

“I didn’t know the stat,” he said. “These things are what they are – they throw themselves up in football.

“Wycombe are a good side. It seems last year they had a little bit of a wake-up call after the relegation battle that went to the final day. It looked like they were down and out but they did brilliantly to stay up with that last-day win.

“They’ve gone out and they’ve strengthened in the summer too.

“There’s a whole new back four, we know all about Peter Murphy in the middle of the park and they’ve got a centre forward in Paul Hayes who knows the level.

“They’ve got a nice blend of experience and young players who are full of running and energy ,like their manager is.

They’ve got a never-say-die attitude, great work-rate and desire and we know it will be a tough game for us.

“It’s fantastic that in October we’re talking about Morecambe and Wycombe being in a top-five battle.”

Bentley was thrilled to have winger Jamie Devitt back in his team last weekend and the former Chesterfield man came up trumps by setting up Jack Redshaw’s winner.

“It was a fantastic pass by him,” Bentley said. “I think we missed him in the three games we lost on the spin.

“He makes things happen –he can see a pass, he’s positive and he’s going from strength to strength.”

Bentley has a few squad worries ahead of tomorrow’s game with Andy Wright, Kevin Ellison and Andy Parrish struggling with injury and illness. “Andy Wright tweaked his calf at Southend and Parrish and Ellison have been struggling with illness,” he said.

“Laurence Wilson is back running and doing strength work because he lost a bit of muscle with his leg being in the brace.

“He’ll be about seven to 10 days and Joe Widdowson’s not too far away, so thankfully neither of them are long term.

“We’ve got a few niggles but we’re better equipped to deal with them this year.

“Hopefully things will clear up sooner rather than later though, because we’ve got a big month coming up against some good sides.”