Play-off talk is silly – Bentley

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has calmed any talk of his side making the League Two play-offs this season.

A couple of weeks ago the Shrimps were nervously looking over their shoulders at the drop zone after suffering a thumping 5-0 loss at Plymouth Argyle.

Indeed in the immediate aftermath of that match, Bentley claimed his men were in a relegation scrap.

However, after two successive wins, including Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Newport County at the Globe Arena, the whole complexion has changed.

But when asked if his men are about to mount a promotion push, Bentley said: “Don’t be silly. It is what it is, we take every game as it comes.

“We know that the way football is. I probably came in for a bit of stick and people thought we were going down after the Plymouth game.

“But I’m only as good as my players and we’ve won the last two and I’m feeling quite proud of them at the moment and, hopefully, we can keep this winning run going.”

This weekend, Morecambe travel to face old foes Dagenham and Redbridge.

The two teams have had many battles over the years, including when both were non-league teams.

“I rate them – they’re a good side,” Bentley said.

“We are the northern edition of Dagenham and they’re the southern edition of Morecambe. We’re very similar in terms of size, budgets, crowds and fanbases and things like that.

“They’re always tight games apart from the one we don’t really want to mention in the play-offs a few years ago.

“It’s got the makings of good game because we’re two of the teams in there who think with a win against one of their rivals they can push on a little bit further.

“Wayne Burnett’s done a good job down there – he’s got good players who have a go. It’s always a tough place to go but we’ve won the last two and have confidence.”

On the injury front, Shaun Beeley is out for a couple of weeks with a pulled hamstring while Andy Fleming starts a two-game ban on Saturday after picking up 10th booking.