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GRIMSBY PREVIEW

21 October 2017

SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley wants a reaction from his players after the midweek defeat against Port Vale when his side play host to Grimsby Town at the Globe Arena this afternoon.

Bentley was clearly unhappy with the 3-0 midweek defeat and says his players need to show what they are capable of when Grimsby visit especially as a number of teams at the bottom end of the table won their games on Tuesday.

He said: “The players know that Tuesday wasn’t good enough and we need a response from them on Saturday.

“Every game from now on is a big game and we have to bear that in mind and make sure we are ready for the challenges ahead.

“We know we are capable but we are still only playing at 75 to 80 per cent of our potential and that has to improve now.

“We have worked hard since Tuesday night to get things right for tomorrow. We have to work harder at both ends of the pitch to make sure we take our chances when they come along and don’t give away sloppy goals like we did in midweek at the other end.’’

Looking ahead to the game Grimsby boss Russell Slade described Jim Bentley as the “Arsene Wenger of League 2”. He said: “There’s nobody more experienced than Jim Bentley in this league.

“He knows the league inside-out, he knows how to find results when he needs to, so I still think it’s an incredibly difficult place to go.

“He’s the Wenger of League Two for sure. They’ve lost a key player (Kevin Ellison) recently who’s got a three-game ban and, fortunately for us, he’s still unavailable for the last game. They miss him – he’s a seasoned pro, he’s a leader, and very important to Jim and his team so they’ll miss him and they're probably not quite functioning like Jim would want them to at this moment in time.”

For Grimsby Paul Dixon and Mitch Rose will both be assessed ahead of the game after picking up thigh and ankle injuries respectively, whilst Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister remain out.

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MORECAMBE 0-0 GRIMSBY TOWN

21 October 2017

THE Shrimps picked up a well earned point at a wet and windy Globe Arena.

Morecambe, who made three changes to the side that lost to Port Vale in midweek, had the better of the chances that came on a tough day for both sets of players but unfortunately failed to score for the fourth home game running.

Dean Winnard, Michael Rose and Aaron Wildig came back into the side with Garry Thompson, Max Muller and Rhys Turner making way.

The change in personnel also meant a switch in formation with the Shrimps moving to a back three with Adam McGurk pushed up front alongside Vadaine Oliver.

Chances were always at a premium but Morecambe always looked the more likely to break the deadlock against a side who had lost just once in eight games.

Adam McGurk was the first to try his luck with a 30-yard free-kick which was comfortably held by Town keeper James McKeown.

The same two players went head to head moments later when the best passing move of the game ended with McKeown tipping behind McGurk’s first-time attempt after good combination play between Luke Conlan, Vadaine Oliver and Aaron Wildig. James Berrett and Sam Jones were both off target at the other end but it was the home side who continued to have more of the attacking play.

Vadaine Oliver could have hit the target twice from close range, firstly prodding a yard wide of McKeown’s left-hand upright and then heading over from eight yards out. Alex Kenyon also volleyed over before Luke Summerfield’s off-target shot for the visitors brought the first half to a close.

The second half saw McKeown in action again with a neat save from Michael Rose's long range effort and Steven Old saw a header cleared off the line.

At the other end, Morecambe keeper Barry Roche was largely restricted to dealing with crosses as he wasn’t seriously tested by the visitors. Another Luke Summerfield effort that went off target was as near as they achieved as both sides ended with a point apiece.

Morecambe: Roche, Winnard, Old, Kenyon, McGowan, Fleming, Rose, Conlan, Wildig (E Osborne 75), Oliver, McGurk (Thompson 69). Subs not used: Nizic, Brough, Campbell, Lavelle, Lang.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Davies, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele (Jalyesimi 70), Summerfield, Berrett, Woolford, Jones (Hooper 79), Vernon. Subs not used: Killip, Mills, K Osborne, Bolarinwa, Matt.

Referee: Ben Toner. Attendance: 1,525.

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