Safety first says keeper Roche

Roche: Targets 50-point safety marker

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Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche understands boss Jim Bentley being cautious over their League Two prospects this year.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Oxford extended the Shrimps' unbeaten run in the league to three matches but, after seeing his side ship a late equaliser, Bentley cautioned that they were in a relegation battle.

The manager's words came despite the fact Morecambe sit 16th with 27 points - nine above the drop zone.

"I think it's a sensible way of looking at things," said Roche. "We've got to get to the points target which he's set at 50 points.

"Once you get to that I think you can start looking up the table.

"We know how well we could do if we start to find a little bit of consistency but, first and foremost, we've got to try and get to that safety marker."