Bentley beaming with Morecambe win

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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley believes his side can end the season with a late play-off challenge.

A solitary goal from teenage striker Jordan Burrow earned the Shrimps a 1-0 win over Southend - a second successive home win for the first time this season.

"I'm delighted for Jordan because he is only a young lad and it is always a great moment to score your first Football League goal," Bentley said. "He will take the plaudits and quite rightly so but I'm sure he will be the first to point out that this was a real team effort. Everyone worked really hard and showed a determination to win the game."

He added; "We've now gone four games unbeaten and you can sense there is a new spirit around the place. I've said all along that we have done enough to earn something from nearly every game this season but not had a lot of luck. That seems to have turned a bit now and the results are coming which is great.

"We started off the season with a great run and if we can finish it in the same way I will be delighted and we can really take heart from results like this."

Southend boss Paul Sturrock kept his side in the dressing room for a long spell as questions were asked following a second away defeat in five days.

He said: "We always knew this was going to be a difficult game and it is never an easy place to come to. The wind and a bobbly pitch always makes it difficult to get a free-flowing game.

"The first goal was always going to be key and we had a few half-chances without really threatening. The players gave 100% and I don't think you could criticise their attitude or their work-rate but some players didn't perform to their normal levels.

"We started poorly and I think that was a hangover from the midweek defeat but we got stronger and if we had scored first I think we would have won the game comfortably.

"It's a blow to us I have to admit because it's two away defeats without scoring a goal and confidence is waning but we will keep working hard on the training ground."

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