Shrimps can do a lot better says Jim

Padraig Amond battles for the ball against Northampton.
Padraig Amond battles for the ball against Northampton.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes his players still have plenty of room for improvement this season.

The Shrimps are currently in a comfortable mid-table position in League Two – just four points off the play-off places and a sizeable 12 away from the drop zone.

However, Bentley has been left frustrated by his players’ inconsistencies, especially as they soared to the top of the table at the start of the campaign thanks to four successive victories.

But in the last 10 games, Morecambe have picked up just three wins and were held to a 1-1 draw at Stevenage last weekend, courtesy of a late goal from the returning Padraig Amond.

“It’s been a bit up and down so far,” Bentley said. “Everybody is searching for consistency.

“Overall, we are not in a bad position – we’ve still got plenty to play for.

“We want to try to kick on now and get over the 30-point mark and then claw our way to 40 as quickly as we can.

“We have done okay but I think we can do a lot better.

“Like I say we are still in a decent position, four points off the play-offs.

“We would have liked to have been a little closer but we are not, for one reason or another.”

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league outfit Dover Athletic, the Shrimps are without a game this weekend as the second round takes place.

Bentley has taken the opportunity to use the enforced break until their next match at home to high-flying Luton Town by topping up the fitness levels of his players.

“It’s been okay this week,” he said. “It’s been tough. We have been in Monday to Friday and had a couple of double days.

“The lads will get the weekend off.

“It’s been a chance to top up everybody’s fitness levels and also a chance to give the injured lads the recovery that they needed.

“I think if we did have a game this weekend, there would be one or two who would not have been able to play so, that’s positive for us.

“But I would rather still be in the FA Cup but the free weekend gives us a chance to get people back from injury.”

Next week’s opponents Luton are in second spot in the table – just a point behind league leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

And Bentley knows his men will be on top form to collect three points.

“We have a decent record against the top-10 sides this season.

“I think Luton will travel up in good numbers and it’s our last game before Christmas, so hopefully our fans will turn out in good numbers.”

Two players who will be back next weekend are Alan Goodall and Kevin Ellison, who have both served one-match bans incurred for picking up five yellow cards each.