Bentley: Wimbledon point wasn’t pretty

Jim Bentley and AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley.
Jim Bentley and AFC Wimbledon manager Neil Ardley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted his side’s draw with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday wasn’t a pretty spectacle.

Kevin Ellison gave the hosts an early lead before Michael Smith levelled things up shortly after half-time with the second half dominated by torrential rain and thunder and lightening as the game petered out to a 1-1 draw.

Bentley said: “The weather summed up the game for me.

“It was a crap day weather wise and I thought it was a poor game with a great away performance from them.

“They really frustrated us and got men behind the ball and tried to hit us on the break with the big man up front.

“But sometimes you just take what you’re given in football and today was one of those days.”

The Shrimps manager was pleased with his side’s start but admitted they tired as the game went on, losing Jack Sampson to injury a particularly big blow.

Bentley said: “We started the game brightly and it was a superb goal by Kev, then we lost big Jack Sampson which disrupted us a bit and we never really got going.

“We looked a bit lethargic but it’s to be expected because the lads have put a lot of hard work recently.

“We’re nine unbeaten which is a massive positive for us. At any level of football that’s great and the record in the league last year was 10. Hopefully we can get past that on Tuesday night at Cheltenham.

“Football’s a funny game, we had a great day against Chesterfield, but today was totally different, it was a poor game and a draw was massively a fair result.

“Chances were few and far between in the second half so overall it’s a point gained and we move on.”