Bentley is seeking consistency

Jim Bentley
Jim Bentley
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  • Morecambe travel to Oxford tonight
  • Bentley urges players not to let season fizzle out
  • Home side are just five points above relegation zone
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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has urged his players to keep their season alive.

The Shrimps travel to Oxford United tonight still smarting from Saturday’s hugely disappointing performance against Cambridge United at the Globe Arena.

If we’re going to be as inconsistent as we are at the moment then it’s going to be very difficult for us to get closer to the play-offs.

Bentley’s men turned in possibly their worst display of the season as they were well beaten 2-0 by Richard Money’s team, who celebrated their first victory in 10 games. The defeat saw Morecambe slip a place in League Two to 13th.

A sizeable 11 points clears of the relegation zone, the Shrimps have now fallen nine points behind the play-offs and there is a danger, the season could fizzle out.

Bentley said: “If we’re going to be as inconsistent as we are at the moment then it’s going to be very difficult for us to get closer to the play-offs.

“That’s the frustrating thing because I don’t want the season to fizzle out.

“The league’s that tight as well. It only takes one or two teams to win below you and you can get dragged in.

“I’m not saying that’s the case for one minute but that’s how strange football is and how strange the league is.

“It’s a good job we’ve got a game on Tuesday but I don’t want to keep asking for a response.

“I want players to go and back one victory up with another one. But it’s why we are where we are – we’re too inconsistent, we’re too up and down.”

Oxford are just five points clear of the drop zone ahead of the meeting on Tuesday night but Bentley admits to being impressed by Michael Appleton’s side when they lost 1-0 at the Globe Arena earlier in the season.

The Shrimps boss said: “They were excellent. We got the victory on the night but they really popped it around and were a good footballing side.

“They’re a big club with good players but for one reason or another the results haven’t followed.”

Morecambe’s squad is set to be at full strength.