Morecambe boss Jim Bentley insists his side will be treating today’s Lancashire derby with Accrington Stanley like any other game.
No Shrimps fan needs reminding that the visitors to the Globe Arena are yet to lose in 15 games between the sides in League Two.
But Bentley was trying to play down the clash, with increased passion in the past backfiring on the Shrimps.
He said: “I don’t want the lads to think that everything hinges on this one game.
“In the past when I’ve got myself too up tight and too pumped up, it hasn’t worked.
“It’s getting a balance and treating the game like it’s any other game.
“It has got the added spice but Accrington are a good, tough side.
“John Coleman and Jimmy Bell have gone back in there and done a good job.
“We’re looking forward to it and we’re in better form than they are at the moment.”
As well as the infamous Stanley ‘hoodoo’ the 13th-placed Shrimps have lost their last four home games.
And Bentley urged fans to try and forget recent disappointments.
He said: “I’d like the fans to put everything to bed, with regards to the home form, and really get behind the team.
“Sometimes the players feed off the crowd and likewise the crowd feed off the team.
“We’ve got to make sure that we start the game well, the fans start the game well and between us we all unite to give it our best shot.”
Bentley is missing Ryan Williams due to a hernia injury but has something of a rarity against Accrington – a choice between two goalkeepers.
Liverpool loanee Danny Ward recently became the Shrimps’ sixth of the season and with Andreas Arestidou also available for the Lancashire derby, Bentley has a decision to make.
Bentley knows who will get the gloves but fans will have to wait until this afternoon to find out who will be No.1
He said: “I’ve made the decision.
“Barry Roche is back on the training ground as well, which is great, and with Tom Stewart playing in the reserves in the week, it’s strange to have four goalkeepers at training when a couple of months back we couldn’t get one.”
Scott Davies helped Morecambe clinch promotion to the football league in 2007 and he will return to the Globe Arena with Stanley.
Bentley said: “Scott’s a legend here, one of the Wembley heroes. He did well when he came back on loan too and we wanted to keep him but we couldn’t and he’s ended up at Accrington.
“I’m sure the crowd will give him a good reception –he got one when he was with Fleetwood.”