Morecambe boss Bentley: We had to keep a clean sheet up to half-time

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley, second from right.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley, second from right.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted conceding right on the stroke of half-time changed the complexion of his side’s game with Notts County on Monday.

The Shrimps saw a two-goal lead slip as Izale McLeod struck twice to cancel out goals from Shaun Miller and Kevin Ellison in the 2-2 draw.

Bentley said: ”We were looking good and got the two-goal lead and the crowd were all over their players.

“You’re just hoping to get in at 2-0 but the way the goal came is my criticism of the players today.

“Right on half time is life and death, you’ve got to get in with a clean sheet.

“All the things we worked on had been carried out well in the first 45 minutes but the set-up from the long punt down the middle was disappointing for me.

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“There was a big hole for them to drop it into.Whether it was or wasn’t offside, we were waiting for the flag, the goal changes the dynamics of the game and the momentum swings to them.

“Instead of them going off to boos, they go off to cheers and they’ve got that shot in the arm they need.

“They then came out and moved the ball well and we were up against it quite a bit.

Credit to the lads they’ve given it a right good go today but we’ve been undone by a little bit of knowhow from McLeod.

“We kept going and all in all it was an enjoyable game. I’m flat as a pancake now because we were 2-0 and we’ve only drawn the game.

“But there’s other things to take into consideration and I’m sure the fans who travelled are pleased with what the players put in for the shirt.

“All in all you have to say it’s probably a fair result.”

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