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Boss looks to Oxford

21 February 2014

Boss hopes for home boost

BOSS Jim Bentley is hoping the Shrimps can take advantage of Oxford's first away defeat in 17 games on Tuesday.

The promotion chasers went down at Newport after having gone a club record 16 games on the road unbeaten.

Bentley said: "It could be a good time to play them because they’ve just lost for the first time away from home.

“They’ve got one or two injuries and they probably won’t fancy coming up to Morecambe.

“We’ve got to make sure we take the positives we’ve shown in the last few weeks.

“We’re back at home after two away trips in front of our fans and hopefully they can get right behind us and we can give it a right good go.”

Victory would end the Shrimps’ eight-game winless run that has seen them drop into the mid-table pack.

Bentley is hopeful that Shaun Beeley is set to return to the side after missing out at Exeter with a sore knee while Alex Kenyon is also available after a three-match ban.

Jamie Devitt is however suspended after his red card at St James’ Park in what would have been the final game of his loan spell. 

There are also hopes that Jack Redshaw will have overcome the bug that hit him on Tuesday.

Bentley said: “He’s had this little bug that started in the warm up at Exeter on Tuesday. We got told it was gastroenteritis and paramedics had to look at him.

“He even travelled home on his own so he didn’t pass anything on.

“He wasn’t sick yesterday (Wednesday), he’s beginning to get a little bit of food down him and he’s not in today (Thursday) but if he’s back tomorrow (Friday) hopefully he can play a part on Saturday.”

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