Shrimps staying calm

Jamie Devitt is a doubt for today
Jamie Devitt is a doubt for today
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has urged everybody connected with the club to remain calm as they bid to secure their Football League status.

The Shrimps have been dragged into a relegation dogfight after picking up just two wins from their previous 19 league games.

They are currently just three points ahead of Northampton Town, who are second from bottom in League Two.

Bentley believes one more win will be enough stave off relegation but they face a difficult task this afternoon as league leaders Scunthorpe United arrive at the Globe Arena.

“No one’s going to give us a chance of winning the game,” Bentley said. “We’re in poor form, they’re unbeaten in 26, they’re top of the league, we’re towards the bottom needing a win to stay up.

“But it’s a different game. It’s Good Friday there should be a big crowd, good atmosphere.

“We are the underdogs but we’ve got to believe in ourselves and come out fighting more than we ever have done because of the position we’re in. Nothing’s changed, we’re still searching for that all important win.

“You’d like to think 52 points would be enough. There’s pressure on us but it’s about keeping calm and sticking together and coming out fighting.

“That’s myself, the staff, the players and the fans. We’ve all got a big part to play.

“We’re at the business-end of the season and they’re all big games.

We don’t rely on anyone else – it’s about us getting that win we need for safety.”

Bentley has injury concerns ahead of today’s encounter.

On-loan winger Jamie Devitt and defender Shaun Beeley are big doubts with knee and ankle knocks respectively. But Tony Diagne, Ryan Williams and Malcolm Marshall could all return.