The heat is on Shrimps

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits he is feeling the pressure as he looks to secure his club’s status in the Football League for another season.

The Shrimps are just three points above the drop zone after a disastrous run which has seen them pick up just two wins from their previous 21 league games.

After looking nice and secure a few months ago, Morecambe are fighting for survival with just two games to go.

On Easter Monday, they were beaten 2-1 by 10-man Hartlepool United and will be looking for a big improvement tomorrow when they travel to face AFC Wimbledon.

“The pressure is not nice. It’s a test of your character.

“It’s a learning curve and you’ve got to embrace the challenge.

“It takes over your whole life. You wake up thinking about results and the family don’t get as much attention but you’ve got to keep battling through.

“You can’t feel sorry for yourself, you’ve got to get on and do the best job you can and keep your head down and keep working hard.

“The spirit is okay, we’ll have a couple of good days ready for tomorrow, and we’ll give it our best shot.”

Wimbledon are currently in mid-table and have nothing to play for. They are safe from the drop, but can’t reach the play-offs.

However, Bentley believes the Dons will be dangerous as they can play with freedom.

He said: “The pressure’s off them. They might just come out and enjoy the day on their last home game of the season.

They’ve nothing to play for but if it was me I’d be trying to win any game and that’s what professional pride’s all about.”

Bentley will Andy Fleming back from a ban, but Robbie Threlfall (illness) and Tony Diagne (knock) are both major doubts.