Morecambe boss Jim Bentley praises defensive qualities

Jim Bentley
Bentley joined Morecambe as a player in 2002

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes the club's encouraging start to the season is down to a tighter defence.

The Shrimps have conceded just twice in their opening five league games - a run which has seen them move to within a point of leaders Rotherham.

"We kept eight clean sheets last season and now we've got three already," Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"It's always nice when you score but the kick I used to get as a defender was when you kept clean sheets."

Morecambe opened up the campaign with a 1-0 defeat by Barnet.

Since then, however, they have recorded four straight wins in League Two, which included Saturday's 2-0 victory over Northampton.

But the Liverpool-born manager, in his first season in charge at the Globe Arena, is refusing to get too carried away.

"All I think about is the next game," said the 35-year-old.

"No one gave us a chance. We were second favourites to go down but that's worked to our advantage.

"It's still only August, but we've got good players and we believe in ourselves and we'll keep doing that even when we get knocks."

Morecambe chief executive Rod Taylor and physio Simon Farnworth will join Andy Bayes live in the studio from 1800BST on Wednesday's Sport on BBC Radio Lancashire.