Bentley looks ahead to Exeter test
SHRIMPS' boss Jim Bentley is hoping his side learn important lessons from their 3-0 defeat at Portsmouth last week when they take on Exeter on Saturday at the Globe Arena.
Bentley said his side made some basic errors at Fratton Park and need to be at their best this weekend as they look for a first league win of the season.
Reflecting on the 3-0 defeat he said: “We watched the DVD as a group on Tuesday and I told them in no uncertain terms that I demand more.
“Portsmouth were a good side and you won’t get a bigger club at this level, but they are where they are and I believe we go into every game trying to win that game and Portsmouth was no different.
“It’s the way that we lost the game that concerns me the most, we didn’t show enough in certain areas.
“We played a part in losing the game ourselves.
“But it’s gone and we’ve got to learn from it and I’d like to think we have with what we’ve worked on in training this week. “
Looking ahead to Saturday he continued: “It’s always a tough test against Exeter, they’re a good side, with a manager who’s been there a long time and knows what the league is all about.
“They’ve got good players like John O’Flynn who scored two last week. He’s started really well but it’s early days.
“We’re at home, we’ve got to make sure we try and make that count and hopefully they’ll be a good feel around the place with the Newcastle game coming up.''
Andy Wright serves a one-game ban on Saturday after being sent off at Fratton Park but Chris McCready returned to training on Thursday as he continues his return from ankle surgery.
Kevin Ellison and Marcus Marshall are also back in full training and pushing for starts against Exeter.