Bentley urges Shrimps to keep the unbeaten run going

Plymouth's Lewis Alessandra battles for the ball with Morcambe's Andy Parrish.
Plymouth's Lewis Alessandra battles for the ball with Morcambe's Andy Parrish.
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Morecambe make the long trip south to Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

And manager Jim Bentley does not expect his team to suffer the same fate as the last time they visited Home Park.

In March last year, the Shrimps were on the receiving end of their heaviest defeat of the campaign when they were thrashed 5-0.

Tomorrow’s encounter has all the makings of being a close encounter with just three points and two places separating the teams in League Two.

“We’re a lot tighter this year and the game against Plymouth last year was one of those games where everything went wrong,” Bentley said.

“I remember Shaun Beeley coming off at half-time because he wasn’t playing particularly well which wasn’t like him.

“One or two other things went against us and we got what we deserved on the day.”

Plymouth – who have ex-Shrimp Lewis Alessandra in their ranks – are struggling for form at the moment and have only picked up two points out of their last five games.

Morecambe are unbeaten in four, although they have drawn their last three games and Bentley is looking for his team to show more of a clinical touch in front of goal.

“They are struggling to score goals at the moment but they’ve got good players,” Bentley said.

“Reuben Reid is one of the top strikers at this level, they’ve brought Bobby Reid back in from Bristol City who’s been an excellent signing for them.

“We know about Lewis Alessandra so we know we’re going to have to be on our game.

“Defensively we’re in good knock at the minute, to concede one penalty in the last four games is a great achievement at any level.

“We are attack minded and like to get our wing backs on with Devitt and two strikers playing.

“We’re creating chances, something like 57 over the last five games, but we’ve only hit the target something like 17 times which probably isn’t good enough.”

“We’ve got to make sure we apply the finishing touches and start scoring more goals.”

Both Morecambe and Plymouth are just outside the play-off zone and Bentley said: “It’s all still to play for. We like to look up rather than down but I think a lot of the teams down the bottom will pick up.

“The league seems to be getting a little bit tighter as it did last year but we want to continue this unbeaten run.”

Injured trio Alan Goodall (ankle), Kevin Ellison (knee), Laurence Wilson (hamstring) come back in to contention.for tomorrow, but Andy Wright will miss the game after undergoing hernia surgery.