Jim’s Global plan to sink Argyle

Morecambe striker Jack Redshaw may feature in the Shrimps' attack
Morecambe striker Jack Redshaw may feature in the Shrimps' attack
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley is tempted to up the ante and go all out on the attack against Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

If results fall in their favour the Shrimps have the chance to reclaim the top spot from Burton.

Morecambe are third in the League Two table and Bentley admitted he was considering reverting from the Shrimps’ usual 4-3-3 formation for the Globe Arena clash.

He said: “The temptation is there. But when you’ve been playing three in midfield and three up top and you’ve been going well sometimes it’s a matter of do you stick with what you know?

“Or do you gamble and go with another forward and leave a midfielder out? We have got that possibility.”

And Bentley revealed his main aim is to get back in the top two. He said: “Plymouth are up next and I hope the home support will come out and get right behind us like they always do.

“They’re a big club, they’ve played at a much higher level than this but they have a fantastic fan base. It is a big city, a big club and they’re a good side. We know it’ll be another tough game for us.

“Hopefully we can get another three points on the board and get into the top two. That’s the aim – there’s a possibility we could go top but we’ll see what’s what.”

Captain Mark Hughes received a red card in the Shrimps’ only league defeat of the season against Tranmere and he will serve the final game of his ban tomorrow.

Morecambe drew 0-0 with second-placed Cheltenham last Saturday and Bentley praised his side’s defensive prowess.

He said: “If you take the first six games of this season and the final two of last season then it’s five clean sheets in the last eight games.

“That’s pleasing. We have done work on our defensive shape over the summer. It’s something to build on.

“If we can keep the back door shut then we’ve got more than enough in our locker to score goals at the other end.”

Bentley was crowned August’s League Two manager of the month and is pleased his Shrimps side are proving the doubters wrong.

He said: “We are getting a bit of attention. I’ve just won manager of the month and we’re third in the league. It shows we’re doing something right. Other managers are saying we’ve started brightly and we’ve not got a bad squad.

“Before a ball was kicked this season we were the favourites to go down but in house we know we’re capable of beating anyone on our day.

“We’ve got a bit stronger this year and there is a buzz around the place.”