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29 August 2017

SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley says his side will be going all out for victory when they meet Carlisle in the Checkatrade Trophy at the Globe Arena this evening.

The Shrimps kick off their campaign with a game against the Cumbrians before further group games against Fleetwood and Leicester City in the following months.

Bentley said: "It's a game we are looking forward to.

"Saturday did take its toll on us in some ways as we picked up a few injuries and we will have to think carefully about the side we put out.

"We know the rules of the competition and we always take it very seriously. We will have to look at the rules about how many players we need to include from Saturday's line up but we have a lot to consider in terms of who has a niggle, who needs game time and most importantly, who do I think I should select to make sure we win the game.

"Whichever players I pick will know what to expect. They know they have been picked to help us win the game.

"They will know our system, they will know the levels they need to play to and they will know their roles and responsibilities in the team with and without the ball.’'

He added: "I know this competition attracts a lot of debate but personally I like it.

"It's a competitive game of football and whatever way you look at it it is a game that we want to win and at this stage of the season it is a game where we can help prepare the group for the season ahead.

"This is a great competition if you do well in it. There's obviously a Wembley final at the end of it and I think some people wrongly disrespect it.

"For me if you take the time to enter it you should want to do well in it - I don't see the point of not following that principle.''

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