Shrimps keen to be party poopers

Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna.
Jim Bentley and Ken McKenna.
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Morecambe will be looking to spoil a promotion party when top of the table Burton Albion visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Brewers can secure a place in League 1 if they win and other results got their way.

aptain Mark Hughes (right) is struggling with a hamstring problem

aptain Mark Hughes (right) is struggling with a hamstring problem

But assistant boss Ken McKenna believes the Shrimps can profit with the pressure well and truly on the visitors as they look to get over the line in the League 2 promotion race.

Jim Bentley’s number two said: “It’ll be a good game but when you’re trying to get over that line for promotion and winning titles it does get a little bit difficult.

“They scraped a draw at Carlisle (on Wednesday night) which was a bit of a wobble and they’ll be under a little bit of pressure so we think we can get a favourable result.

“We want to do well for our home fans and finish the season on a high because we’ve not done well enough at home this season.”

The game will be the first time the Shrimps have come up against Dutch legend Hasselbaink who has impressed since taking over from Birmingham-bound Gary Rowett in November.

McKenna said: “He’s obviously done very well.

“They were doing well before he went in there and have been for the last three seasons.

“It can go two ways when a new manager comes in but he’s just maintained it and moved it on a little bit.

“Listening to all the reports the players have enjoyed it and he’s a big name who they can look up to.

“They’re in a fantastic position.”

The Shrimps have plenty of players to watch including former Preston North End striker Stuart Beavon who has six goals to his name this season.

McKenna said: “They’re a decent side obviously, they’re top of the league!

“They’ve got good players, Beavon, (Adam) McGurk and (Lucas) Akins has been getting the goals for them and they’re fairly solid.”

As for the Shrimps they will be looking to do the double over the Brewers with victory also taking Bentley and McKenna to 60 points for the first time in their fourth season in charge.

He said: “The aim is to finish as high as we can and win as many games as we can.

“Sixty (points) would represent I think the best total this management team has had.

“That would be something to aim for but we’re just trying to win every game.”

McKenna however knows the rewards could have been even greater this season with the Shrimps just five points off the play-offs when they led 1-0 at York City on Tuesday night only to go onto lose 2-1.

He said: “When you look back it is a little frustrating.

“We drew five on the bounce at one time and if we could have just turned two of them into victories we would have been right on the verge of the play-offs.”

Ryan Edwards will be assessed ahead of the game after going off against York with a back injury.