Jim’s determined to end losing run

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Tricky winger Jamie Devitt is set for an immediate recall as Morecambe look to end their losing run at Southend United.

The former Chesterfield star has missed the last two games after picking up a hamstring strain but he is set to come back into the team for the trip to Roots Hall tomorrow.

The Shrimps have lost their last three games and have dropped to sixth in League Two after leading the table earlier in the season.

Manager Jim Bentley will also assess the fitness of Alex Kenyon and Joe Widdowson before kick-off.

Kenyon was replaced in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Northampton Town on Saturday after picking up a neck injury, while Widdowson suffered a knock.

“Jamie is fit and has had a good week’s training so he’ll come back into the side,” Bentley said. “Alex Kenyon had to come off on Saturday with a neck injury.

“He went for an X-ray because we thought it was pretty serious but thankfully he was back in training yesterday after a few days’ rest.

“Joe Widdowson got a knock so we’ll have to assess him and see how he is but whether this comes a little too early for him we’ll have to wait and see.”

Southend – who are managed by ex-Preston boss Phil Brown – are the form team in League Two after winning their last four games, which has seen them rise to fourth in the table.

Morecambe, though, have a good record at Roots Hall – winning three and drawing one of their previous four visits in the league

“Over the years we have had a good record against them and we know that we’ve got players who can hurt them,” Bentley said.

“But they’re a good side and we’re going to have to be defensively good to stop them.

“They’ve got a good blend and some good loan players from the southern clubs.

“It’s got the makings of a good game and hopefully we can get something from it and cement our place in the top six, which is where we all want to be.

“We’ve been higher than them this season but we’re not in great form, losing our last three – and they certainly are, after winning their last four.

“They are a big club. Phil Brown’s managed in the Premier League and he’s gone in there and done a good job.

“They’ve got good players and they get good attendances. I remember playing there a few years ago in front of 10,000.”

Meanwhile, long-term injury victim Lawrence Wilson has resumed training and could be weeks away from a first-team recall.