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Redshaw was a big threat - Bentley

14 October 2012

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley hailed Jack Redshaw after the striker fired both goals in a 2-1 win over former club Rochdale at Spotland.

Redshaw scored either side of the break to fire the Shrimps into a two-goal lead and although George Donnelly pulled one back for the home side, Morecambe held on for a deserved victory and Bentley is urging his side to build on their recent run of form and push themselves up the League Two table.

"Jack was a threat all day, he got into some fantastic positions and got his two goals, so we're really pleased with how he and Lewis Alessandra teamed up," said the Morecambe boss.

"Every team and every line-up has its strengths and weaknesses and we'd done our homework on Rochdale and felt they could cause them problems, which they did. To win 2-1 at Rochdale is a fantastic result for us, and that's seven points from three games for us and it's onwards and upwards.

"Rochdale have been going well and have some good players, so we had to do our homework on them and in the first half we played some really good stuff..

"Once we went 2-0 up we just started dropping a bit deep. But sometimes you get a bit tired or the home supporters get behind their team and they start to force the issue. That happens at times, but we defended really well and broke forward a couple of times and could have scored another."

Rochdale boss John Coleman said: "I was disappointed with the first half performance, I thought we were woeful in the first half. We had a great chance early on but their goalkeeper made a world-class save.

"We had a bit of bad luck with Kevin McIntyre's effort which took a double ricochet off the woodwork and we had one that just squirmed wide off their lad.

"But without playing really well we haven't occupied them and they've had a lot of ball in our half. We didn't start the second half anywhere near as well as we should do, conceded a soft second goal and then battered them for the last half an hour. But it was too little, too late by then.

"On the balance of chances, it was probably even but their goalkeeper has made two top-class saves while our keeper hasn't made one."

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