Bentley: We wouldn’t have deserved winner against Cheltenham

Morecambe's Andy Fleming holds off Cheltenham Town's Matt Richards. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Morecambe's Andy Fleming holds off Cheltenham Town's Matt Richards. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
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Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was pleased with his side’s point against Cheltenham at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The two early-season high-fliers played out an entertaining goalless draw with the Shrimps lucky to go in at the break level after a poor first period.

They improved in the final half an hour, with Bentley admitting substitute Paul Mullin changed the game, but neither side could force a winner.

Bentley said: “It was an entertaining game but I wouldn’t have said that at half-time.

“I was a bit frustrated and didn’t think we were good enough. We should have been behind at half-time only for big Baz (Roche) and a little bit of poor finishing.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice in the first half but in the second it was probably 50-50.

“They were banging it long to big Harrison and we defended well and then I think I got the timing of the first substitute right.

“People will ask why we didn’t start Paul Mullin from the off but it doesn’t always work like that.

“But certainly when he came on today he changed the game. He gave us a spark and in the last 30 minutes we were the better side but unfortunately we couldn’t get that goal that would have separated the sides.

“If we’d got the goal we maybe wouldn’t have deserved it after the first 45 minutes.

“We’ll take a point against one of the good sides in the division in a top of the table clash.

“There’s plenty to be positive about and we move on.”