Leaders Argyle await Jim’s men

Jim Bentley
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Jim Bentley only needs one glance at the League Two table to remind him of the size of task awaiting Morecambe at Plymouth tomorrow.

Argyle sit top of the division, four points clear of Portsmouth in second place.

They have won six of their last seven matches, former Ross County manager Derek Adams having really got them going since his summer arrival.

“Plymouth have had a fantastic start,” said Shrimps boss Bentley. “They have got a new manager who has brought in a couple of good signings.

“They have one of the better strikers in the division in Reuben Reid.

“One of their strengths has been a settled back four and goalkeeper.

“I think only once has that defence and keeper changed all season.

“In contrast, that has been an Achilles heel of ours in that our side has never been as settled as due to injuries.

“It is a tough game which awaits us at Plymouth, they are a big club in this division.

“But we have only lost once away this season, confidence is high and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Plymouth boast two strikers who have bagged six league goals this term – Reid and Jake Jervis, once a Preston loanee.

Jervis played five games for PNE in the 2011/12 season, with Plymouth being the 11th club he has played for.

Meanwhile, the Shrimps will be getting to see plenty of Dagenham and Redbridge in the next couple of weeks.

They go there in for the first round of the FA Cup next week, before hosting the London outfit at the Globe Arena the following Saturday in the league.

Bentley said: “Whoever comes your way in a cup draw, you have to deal with it.

“We know Dagenham inside out because they are in our division.

“We have drawn them away which means more travelling but on the upside, Dagenham haven’t won at home yet.

“It is strange one that we have drawn them in the cup a week before they come here in the league.

“If we did draw down there and need a replay, we would be playing them three times in 10 days.

“It should have the feel of a play-off game almost, although hopefully not with the same result as our play-off game down there a few years back!”