Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was pleased with his sides defensive display this weekend, despite going down 2-0 at home against Grimsby Town.
The Shrimps are amongst the favourites for the drop this season and didn’t register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. Grimsby, buoyed by the return of midfielder Elliott Whitehouse, turned on the style in the second half to pick up three points.
Speaking to the Morecambe Visitor, Bentley revealed he’d been happy with the way his defenders dealt with the Mariners threat, despite failing to secure a point.
I thought we defended quite well, arguably three of our best players were in that backline,” said the Morecambe boss.
“Sam Lavelle and Steve Old were excellent coming up against a handful in James Hanson and Matt Green; I thought it had nil-nil written all over it.”
He admitted it wasn’t a game high on quality, with Grimsby’s direct approach giving his defence plenty to consider.
“It wasn’t a great game, there weren’t many chances; we had a couple of little bits where we’ve got in, Cole Stockton had one blocked, we had a shout for a penalty but we huffed and puffed.
“I think we defended quite well; there were plenty of balls up to James Hanson and, at times, Alex Kenyon got in front as well.”
Bentley will take his side to Mansfield Town next weekend, hoping to get off the mark in what promises to be another tough season.
Could this be the season Morecambe finally succumb to the spectre of relegation? They’re always there or thereabouts, but have a spirit that usually results in safety.
As they quality around them increases, their limited means makes it hard to keep pace though. They looked desperately short of a threatening presence up front, something that will hinder any chance they have of finishing outside the bottom two.
It’s only the first game of the season, but Bentley has his work cut out keeping them in the Football League.