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Boss Selection Headache

27 February 2015

Club News

Boss Selection Headache

27 February 2015

Jim Bentley admits he has headache picking his side for Cambridge clash


Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admits he has something of a headache as he looks to pick his side for the clash against Cambridge at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

Bentley has almost a fully fit squad to choose from with Stewart Drummond, Andy Fleming, Jamie Devitt and Paul Mullin all back in the running for a starting place after missing out at Newport last week.

Bentley said: “Everyone’s fit and well at the moment which is strange.

“There’s only Barry Roche out with a long-term injury but he’s back doing light running which is great.

“Stewart Drummond is back in training, we picked up no injuries at the weekend and we’ll have Andy Fleming back after his partner gave birth.

“Jamie Devitt and Paul Mullin were struggling last week but they’ll be fine too.

“It’s a selection headache but one I’d rather have than having none at all.”

The game against The U’s starts a run of three games in a week with trips to Oxford and Luton to follow.

Bentley said: “The squad’s fit and healthy but we’re going to need it.

“We’ve got three games this week.

“There’s quite a few lads who are totting bookings up so we’re going to need everybody because it’s a big week in the season for us.”

Looking ahead to the Cambridge clash Bentley says his side will have to be at their best against a side who recently took Manchester United to an FA Cup replay and impressed him when the Shrimps won 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium at the start of the season.

He said:  “They started this season really well and I thought in the game we played down there when we won 2-1 they were really strong physically, one of the better teams we’d come up against and we fancied them to do well.

“Whether the FA Cup’s been a bit of a distraction I don’t know because they haven’t done much in the league in the last eight games or so.

“We’ll expect another tough challenge though and they’ve brought in some decent players as well.

“They’ve gone through a lot of players but seem to have good players in their ranks.

“But we’re coming off the back of a good victory, we’re at home, we’re in a better league position and we want to try and kick on.”

Bentley is keen for his side to record back-to-back wins with League 2 still wide open.

He said: “Anything’s possible. 

“We’re in a decent position and we’re coming into the run in.

“We’ve got to make sure we try and get on a run.

“There always seems to be a team or two that comes late and sneaks in so we’ve certainly got a lot to play for.”

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