Jim Bentley: Two big decisions cost us against Plymouth

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Jim Bentley criticised Plymouth’s players and referee David Webb after Alex Kenyon’s red card proved key in Morecambe’s 2-0 defeat at the Globe Arena on Good Friday.

The Shrimps midfielder was dismissed shortly before the interval with the Argyle players surrounding the man in the middle after a challenge on Carl McHugh.

Bentley revealed that Plymouth striker Reuben Reid had even admitted after the game that it was a harsh red card.

The Shirmps boss said: “I don’t know Reuben Reid personally but he’s been honest enough to come up to me and say in front of the referee that it was never a sending off and the game’s been spoiled because of it.

“Whether he’s rubbing salt in the wounds or what I don’t know but you’ve got to take him at his word and he’s one of the opposing players.

“I think it was a firm tackle. He’s got off the ground and gone in one-footed and I’ve said in the past I’ll never criticise other players but we’ve been fined for surrounding the referee this season.

“If that’s not trying to influence the referee I don’t know what is.

“When benches are shouting at the fourth official it’s two-footed it doesn’t help either. It’s never two footed.

“I think the officials have been absolutely scandalous this season but I’ll have to be careful what I say.”

Bentley felt Kenyon’s red card and an earlier decision where Shaun Miller appeared to be hauled down when in on goal reflected Morecambe’s luck this season.

He said: “It sums it all up.

“They started the better with their experience up front and unsettled us.

“But there was one decision where Shaun Miller went through on goal and has been pulled down and it looks like it’s a sending off and we’d have been playing the majority of the game against 10 men.

“It wasn’t to be and they got the goal. We warmed to it though and started playing some good stuff and got in a couple of times.

“We looked like we’d got ourselves up and running and then the second key decision is the sending off of Alex Kenyon.

“It’s gone against us and it’s killed the game, we’re down to 10 men against a top side.

“Credit to them though, they kept going, big Kev’s (Ellison) come on and hit the bar twice with deflected shots and we’ve had other good opportunities.

“It was unfortunate but the talking points are two decisions that have gone against us when they could easily have gone for us.”