Positivity pays off for Bentley

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Manager Jim Bentley felt Morecambe were rewarded for their positive tactics as they thrashed Port Vale 4-0 at Vale Park.

Strikes from Jason Price and Lewis Alessandra gave the Shrimps a comfortable half-time lead, while late goals courtesy of Laurence Wilson's penalty and Andrew Fleming sealed an emphatic victory.

Morecambe reaped the benefits after playing three strikers against Vale's three centre-backs, and Bentley said: "We do our homework on our opponents. We had Vale watched, saw how they set up and made a decision to come here and have a go at them."

He added: "On another day we could have got picked off, but we worked on a lot of different formations in pre-season and I've got a lot of confidence in my players. There is a lot of ability and togetherness in the squad.

"Every single one of the players performed at the top of their game and we were very worthy winners. This can be a tough place to come, but we've all done our jobs.

"Vale probably didn't expect us to play with three strikers and from our point of view everything fell into place. We had worked on stopping their wing-backs getting forward and the players carried out their instructions to the letter."

Port Vale's four-match unbeaten run in the league came crashing down and after last week's 3-0 triumph over Northampton, they were brought down to earth with a bump but Vale boss Micky Adams insisted the result did not mean there was a "crisis" and he backed his players to bounce back at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

"I've just said to the players that they have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. How we can play so well against Northampton nine days ago and then produce a performance like that is very difficult to work out," said Adams.

"It's quite sad, but we've all got to analyse it, pick the bones out of it and bounce back quickly. I'm pleased we are playing on Tuesday because that was hard to take.

"But there is no crisis here and we will just have to get back on the training ground and work hard."

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