Shrimps assistant eager to close gap

Kevin Ellison
Kevin Ellison
  • McKenna still eyeing up play-off spot
  • Team got booed off last weekend after losing to Cambridge at home
  • Shrimps are away to Luton on Saturday
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Morecambe assistant boss Ken McKenna believes fans’ anger is justified ahead of tomorrow’s away clash at Luton Town.

Shrimps fans booed Jim Bentley’s men off after their 2-0 defeat to Cambridge United at the Globe Arena last Saturday.

There are a lot of big clubs behind us who would love to be in our position.

The Shrimps bounced back to draw 1-1 with Oxford United on Tuesday night.

And McKenna thinks it is a positive that fans are disappointed by the rising gap between 12th-placed Morecambe and a play-off spot.

He said: “At the beginning of every season we’re favourites to go down.

“For me, it’s a positive that fans are angry that we aren’t in the play-offs.

“That shows how well the club is doing as a whole.

“There are a lot of big clubs behind us who would love to be in our position.

“We’re in a good position – we are disappointed because we’re three or four points away from the target we set ourselves.

“Isn’t it great we’re all upset and angry that we’re eight points off the play-offs and not even closer?”

But McKenna admitted the fans were right to boo the side off last weekend.

He said: “It’s always upsetting to get booed off because we care what the fans think. It was justified. It’s disappointing because we’re in a decent position and want to kick on.

“Despite what everyone thinks, we go into every game thinking we’re going to get something. When we don’t we’re disappointed.”

But the assistant boss was pleased with the response from his players on Tuesday. He said: “On Saturday we looked tired. There was no energy for whatever reason. We had a few words after and we wanted a response in the Oxford game and it was superb.

“In the first half particularly we played well.”

Veteran winger Kevin Ellison bagged his 50th goal for the Shrimps against Oxford.

But the humble 36-year-old believes the point was more important than his milestone.

He said: “I’m glad to get there but the most important thing on Tuesday was the result after Saturday’s performance.

“We needed to go there and stand up and be counted and I think we did that.

“We deserved more than a draw out of the game.”

And the winger thinks the Shrimps can upset Luton’s good home record tomorrow.

He said: “It’s a tough game – they’re fourth in the league and going well.

“They are good at home but if you look at what we’ve got, I don’t know why, we’re better away from home.

“We’ll go there confident we can get something.”

McKenna praised Luton boss John Still. He said: “They’re on a similar run to us. If you look at their last six games there’s not much in it.

“They might have one point more than ourselves and we’re sitting here disappointed we’ve not got a little bit more in the bank.”