Bentley blasts Shrimps defending in York defeat

Tony Diagne brings the ball forward. Picture: Mike Williamson

Tony Diagne brings the ball forward. Picture: Mike Williamson

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Jim Bentley blamed individual errors for his side’s disappointing defeat at York on New Year’s Day.

Ryan Jarvis’ first-half strike was enough to condemn Morecambe to a third defeat in four over the festive period with the Shrimps boss blasting his side’s defending for what turned out to be the game’s deciding moment.

Bentley said: “It’s disappointing.

“We came with a game plan and changed the formation a bit to a 3-4-3 and freshened things up because I thought we looked a little flat against Hartlepool.

“We knew we could affect the game from the bench, we knew we could exploit the weaknesses in York, we knew where there strengths were and had done a lot of homework but it all boils down to people not doing their jobs from a corner and that’s the most disappointing thing.

“We’ve had one chance to clear it, then another and the third chance they’ve put it in the net because no-one’s marking him (Jarvis) in front of big Baz (Barry Roche).

“That’s why we’ve lost the game and it’s really disappointing.

“I don’t like losing any game and certainly not to a set play.

“We created plenty of chances, their ‘keeper has made loads of saves and we forced the issue so it’s hard to take.”

The Shrimps boss believes it is becoming all too common a theme for his side and something which other teams can exploit.

He said: “We’ve lost two games in quick succession because we haven’t done our jobs in defensive areas.

“If I was playing against Morecambe at the moment I’d be thinking put it in there and ask the question of them.

“The lads have got to stand up and be counted.

“Once we gave a team like York who haven’t won much lately a goal, the crowd got behind them and they had something to cling on to.

“They chased everything down, stopped us from playing and apart from Jack Redshaw’s chance we didn’t create enough in the second half.

“We didn’t do enough to win it but we shouldn’t have lost the game.”