Fortune favours the brave – Jim

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  • Morecambe boss urges team to be braver
  • High-flying Shrewsbury Town visit Globe Arena tonight
  • Doubts over fitness of Beeley and Ellison
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has called for his side to be braver on home soil.

The Shrimps host high-flying Shrewsbury tonight after slipping to a third Globe Arena defeat in a row at the hands of bottom side Hartlepool on Saturday.

Andy Parrish’s own goal was enough to hand Ronnie Moore’s side victory on a day when nerves seemed to spread throughout The Shrimps side.

Bentley said: “Sometimes they look like they’re scared to make a mistake.

“There was a nervous edge at the back that spread through, which is disappointing.

“It’s not us who are rooted to the bottom of the table. We’ve got everything to play for.

“We probably weren’t brave enough to get on it and create more. ”

Such is Morecambe’s recent form, with fine results in seemingly more difficult games on the road, Bentley admits he would not be surprised if his side turned over Micky Mellon’s men for a much-needed home win.

He said: “It’s been very, very up and down and we’ve been very, very inconsistent.

“Football being the way it is though, it wouldn’t surprise me if we went and won the game. It’s very frustrating.

“You can’t be as good as we were in the first half against Luton (a 3-2 win away from home) and then not put in a performance against Hartlepool.

“I said before the start of the season with the players Shrewsbury signed that they’d be one of the teams to beat this season.

“It’ll be a very difficult game for us but hopefully we can start getting points on the board at home.”

Ryan Edwards will be back from suspension after serving a one-game ban against Hartlepool.

Shaun Beeley and Kevin Ellison will be assessed after picking up knocks in Saturday’s defeat but Jamie Devitt could return after sitting the game out with a groin problem.