Bentley: Defensive lapse cost us against Accrington

Jim Bentley during the Accrington Stanley game.
Jim Bentley during the Accrington Stanley game.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley lamented his side’s latest defeat to Accrington Stanley as they were punished for a defensive error.

Peter Murphy got the late winner in stoppage time after Morecambe failed to clear a cross allowing Stanley to snatch the Lancashire derby 2-1.

It meant the Shrimps’ bid to finally beat Accrington in the Football League at the 13th attempt had come up short - something which Bentley said was “hard to take”.

He said: “Games like this are often decided by thin dividing lines and you could see that in full in this match.

“I don’t think there was much to choose between the two sides in the first half but they got a dubious penalty to take the lead into the break.

“We came out of the blocks strong in the second half and got ourselves on level terms and I thought we were the more threatening side and had the better chances from there.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves and we limited them to very little apart from long range efforts which Barry Roche dealt with well and I couldn’t see much danger.

“But games like this are often settled by key moments such as a piece of brilliance or a mistake and unfortunately for us it was the latter as we failed to defend a cross and were made to pay.

“It’s disappointing to lose any game but when it is Accrington again, and in the manner that it happened, it really was hard to take and we have to make sure we regroup and go again.”