Time for Shrimps to produce goods

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January is a crucial month for Morecambe, according to manager Jim Bentley.

The Shrimps boss believes his men are still capable of a promotion tilt.

But he has warned that they could be nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone if they do not perform at their best in the next few weeks.

Bentley’s men are still only two points shy of the play-offs in ninth spot – albeit having played a couple more games than most of their rivals.

“We have passed up on too many opportunities to be where we want to be, which is disapointing,” said Bentley.

“It’s a big month for us because if we don’t get our act together we can easily drop down the table – the league is that tight.

“But if you do well, you can certainly push on like Scunthorpe have done – they were below us a month ago but are now top of the league.”

Bentley is confident his team can claim their first three points since the Boxing Day win over Fleetwood Town tomorrow, when they welcome struggling Wycombe Wanderers to the Globe Arena.

The Shrimps have picked up just a point from their previous three games.

But after recharging their batteries this week after a busy festive period, Bentley reckons his men have a great opportunity to claim a victory against a side who are low on confidence.

The Chairboys are just four points above the League Two relegation zone, having won just one of their last 10 league games.

Bentley said: “It’s just been one point out of the last three games, which hasn’t been good enough.

“But we’ve got a great opportunity to get back to winning ways at home against Wycombe this weekend.

“They are similar to us in respect that they started the season well. When we were having that decent run, they were too but they’ve tailed off massively since then.

“They will be missing one of their best players tomorrow – Anthony Stewart – who got sent off last weekend.

“They have also got Dean Morgan out injured – he’s always played well against us and is one of the better players at this level.

“They were beaten 3-0 last weekend and are on a sticky spell. It’s a long trip up here for them so hopefully we are playing them at a good time.

“They have still got threats in their team and I am sure Gareth Ainsworth will have them up for the match tomorrow.”

Bentley has still not been able to do any business during the transfer window but is hopeful of bolstering his numbers, particularly in defence – whether that may be loans or permanent signings.

One established member of his squad is close to agreeing a new two-year deal after his existing contract runs out in the summer.

On the injury front, Andy Wright and Ryan Williams face a race against time to be fit for tomorrow, but Marcus Marshall is definitely out.