Things are looking up for Shrimps

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley
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A first win of 2015 will be Morecambe’s aim this evening when they welcome Mansfield Town to the Globe Arena.

After drawing their first five games of the new year, the Shrimps were narrowly beaten 2-1 on Saturday at in-form Northampton Town.

The defeat saw the Cobblers leapfrog over Jim Bentley’s men in the League Two table.

Now seven points behind the play-offs, Morecambe could claw some ground back by disposing of Mansfield – who are in 20th position in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

However, the Stags collected their first win in eight games on Saturday when they defeated Stevenage 1-0.

And Bentley has warned his men of the dangers of complacency.

“At the moment, it is all to play for,” Bentley said.

“The league is tight – there are no weak teams in the division.

“We have no divine right to just turn up and beat any team.

“You know that if you want to win a game in this division, you have to be at your best or as close to it as possible.

“I think sometimes people think, because we are in the top half of the table, we should just go out and beat the likes of Mansfield.

“But that’s wrong. It’s a very tight league.

“A couple of wins will push you right up into the play-off picture but a couple of defeats will see you get dragged in at the bottom.

“After a win you start looking up, but after a draw or a defeat, you start looking down slightly to see who has won below you.

“That’s where we are at the minute but it’s nice that we are closer to the play-offs than we are to the relegation zone.

“But we have got to 
make sure we keep going and we keep striving to do better.

“We want to make sure we are looking up, rather than down over the second half of the season.”