Bentley is looking for quick reaction

Andy Wright could be in the Shrimps' squad at Newport tomorrow
Andy Wright could be in the Shrimps' squad at Newport tomorrow
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Shrimps boss Jim Bentley has demanded a response from his side as they look to keep up their perfect record against Newport County tomorrow.

Morecambe have come from behind to win all three of their games with the Exiles but head to South Wales on the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat to Dagenham and Redbridge.

With Morecambe’s games against Newport always having goals – two three-twos and a four-one – Bentley is hoping his defence tightens up after an off-day on Sunday.

He said: “We want to get back to winnings way.

“We got the win against Mansfield and we were hoping to get the job done against Dagenham on Sunday but the performance wasn’t like us.

“We’ve been solid defensively this season. We looked jittery and made a couple of poor decisions.

“I was very disappointed and frustrated because we’re better than that.

“I’m hoping it was a blip and we’ve got to make sure there’s a response this weekend – not just for me and the staff, not just for the fans, but for themselves as a group of players.

“It’s still all to play for and they owe it to themselves to take it out on Newport.”

County have been in and around the play-off places all season but have recently seen former manager Justin Edinburgh leave for Gillingham.

Currently sixth, caretaker boss Jimmy Dack saw his side record an impressive 2-1 win at high-flying Wycombe last time out. Bentley said: “Jimmy Dack, a fella I know quite well, is saying all the right things and there’s positivity after just beating Wycombe away.

“They’ll want to put more points on the board but we’re in better form than them over the last six games.

“Whether it is or it isn’t a good time to be playing them, we can only concentrate on ourselves.

“It’ll be a tough game as it always is.

“They are in the play-off positions at the moment so they must be doing something right. They’ve lost their manager and the last six games haven’t been great for them.

“But sometimes the players rally round to try and get the caretaker the job. We’ve just got to do the right thing and get a backlash from last weekend.”

Jamie Devitt, Paul Mullin and Andy Fleming could all miss tomorrow’s trip.

Both Devitt (back) and Mullin (calf) went off in the defeat to Dagenham on Sunday while Fleming’s partner has gone into labour.

Andy Wright could however come back into the squad after hernia surgery.