Date: 7th December 2015 at 6:47pm
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Manager Jim Bentley has said that victory over Dagenham and Redbridge has given Morecambe a different outlook going into this week.

Audio – Bentley On Dagenham Win

Speaking to thevisitor in his post game press conference following the one nil victory, Bentley explained.

‘When we win everyone`s positive and looking to the next game but it`s different when you lose a couple. The big one was getting knocked out of the FA Cup because we knew that we had a Conference South side in the next round. That was the body blow and what really upset everyone. But it can happen. Nobody feels it more than me but players are only human beings and sometimes their confidence can be knocked. There is pressure on the players and myself with the results that we`ve had but I always tell the players that`s the game we`re in and we`ve got to embrace the challenge. That`s what we`ve done. Now we`ve got back to winning ways the picture soon changes.’

Having not won in the previous five games and having conceded four in each of the two home matches, Bentley went on to say how it was ‘mad’ now that following a victory people are taking about being five points off the play offs.

‘It`s mad, people are talking about how we`re only five points off the play-offs. We`re looking upwards now, Exeter are three points ahead of us in the division and we`ve got a good cup tie coming up against Fleetwood. We`re set up nicely but it`s a long season. We`re not even halfway.’

Again Dagenham, goalkeeper Tony Thompson made his long awaited debut as well, and he was interviewed after the match having been called upon following the injury to Barry Roche.

‘To be honest when Baz went down it was nerve-wracking. But as soon as I got onto the pitch, over that line, it felt great to be fair. Especially because it was the end where our fans are. It was good to run towards that goal.’

The 21 year old went on to add.

‘I`ve been waiting for that day for about five years now. I haven`t had the luck and some times it is luck. But when I went on I was confident the lads would help me through the game. I just had to do my own thing really.’

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