Shrimps are eager to ‘Bury’ bad run

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Jim Bentley will take a scruffy 1-0 victory tomorrow when his Morecambe team take on promotion favourites Bury at the Globe Arena.

fter a terrific start to the League Two season, the Shrimps have hit the buffers in recent weeks.

They have won only one of their last five league games and were dumped out of the FA Cup by non-league outfit Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Bentley said: “I want to get back winning ways. I’ll take a scrappy one-nil win now.

“Everyone wants to win three or four-nil but I’ll take playing poorly and winning one-nil just to break the cycle, get everyone up again and get going.

“It happens – Brendan Rodgers is coming in for stick at Liverpool because they haven’t got going,…and look at Tottenham.

“Even in our league, a team the size of Shrewsbury went eight hours without scoring away from home.

“We’re not one of the big boys at our level and we’ll have our ups and downs.

“It was great when I was getting manager of the month but as soon as you don’t win in three or four you haven’t got a clue.

“I know it’s a results business and I know my relationship with the fans stands for nothing if we’re losing games.

“But I’m big enough and strong enough to take it on the chin.

“No one hurts more than me – it’s my job, it’s my livelihood, it runs my life and it runs my family’s life to a certain extent. But I’m determined, I’m passionate, I want to succeed, I want the club do well on and off the field and I’ll certainly continue to give it my all.

“I’m sure we’ll get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.”

The Shakers sit in fourth spot in the table, just two points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

And Bentley – who indicated that he is ready to dip into the loan market to boost his squad – is all too aware of the strength of David Flitcroft’s squad.

“Bury are a fantastic side with a great squad,” he said.

“I’ll think they’ll go up automatically this year.

“It’ll be a very tough challenge but one we’re going to rise to.”

On the injury front, skipper Mark Hughes and Scott Davies should retrun tomorrow but keeper Andreas Arestidou has had a relapse in his bid to beat an ankle 
injury.

Talisman Jamie Devitt could be back sooner than expected as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

“He’s back jogging now so we’ll see how he develops,” Bentley said.