By Tony Leighton
Captain Mark Hughes will lead Morecambe out against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday aiming to maintain the club's unbeaten home record and extend an eight-match unbeaten run that has lifted the Shrimps up to fourth place in Sky Bet League 2.
After an uncertain start to the campaign, eking out just one point from their first three games, they have since taken 20 points from the 24 available.
And Hughes, who manager Jim Bentley made skipper on the central defender's close-season arrival at the Globe Arena, couldn't be happier with life at his new club as the Shrimps establish themselves among the promotion pacesetters.
As he prepared to face the Dons, lying six places but only four points below Morecambe in the table, the 26-year-old former Walsall, Northampton Town and Bury player told football-league.co.uk: "I'm loving it here, as I knew I would from the moment I first talked to the manager about signing for the club.
"It was more like talking to a mate than a manager. He's got a great style of management that's given the players a real togetherness as a squad. It's nice to go to work every day and I think that's reflected in the way we've been playing.
"We've got some great results of late, especially at home, and we want to keep that going with a win against what's looking like a good Wimbledon team.
"They struggled last season, as Morecambe did at times, and like us they were among the relegation favourites at the start of this season. But they're going well and so we know it's going to be far from easy to pick up another three points."
Morecambe have found it difficult to pick up maximum points in several matches to date - they have come from behind in four outings to claim victories, astonishingly so in their recent 4-3 win against top of the table Chesterfield.
They were three goals down at half-time but mounted a fantastic fight-back and Hughes, who hit one of the goals, said: "I've never played in a game like it.
"The lads are still talking about it and it we're still buzzing from that afternoon. Chesterfield were flying and at half-time everyone must have thought we were dead and buried - but we showed we just don't know when we're beaten, and that sort of attitude, determination and team spirit can take us a long way.
"It's the best dressing room I've ever been part of and that's going to be key to how we go on through the season. There are 35 games to go so we can't even think about promotion yet, but I feel that there's another few per cent to come from us - and if we can achieve that then we'll be in with a chance."
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