Jim Bentley revealed Morecambe have verbally agreed to extend the loan spell of Jamie Devitt following his red card during the controversial conclusion of the Shrimps’ 1-1 draw at Exeter on Tuesday night.
The on-loan Chesterfield man was sent off for violent conduct after Andy D’Urso had first pointed for a stoppage-time Exeter penalty before a linesman’s intervention saw David Wheeler shown a yellow card for diving.
Bentley said: “The finish is the big talking point.
“I think both sets of players went about it in the right manner and gave it their all and tried to win the game but it all hinged on those final couple of minutes. “I’ll be perfectly honest when the tackle came in I thought it was a stonewall penalty but the linesman’s got a better view on that side and he’s flagging away and the lad’s been booked for diving.
“Our players said afterwards it was a blatant dive but I can’t really comment on it too much until I get on the coach and watch the DVD.
“It’s certainly a massive talking point but the main thing for us is we’ve lost Jamie Devitt who I thought was quality again tonight and that’s disappointing.
“It’s three games and he’s got one game left of his loan but I’ve been speaking to Paul Cook and we’ve verbally agreed to extend it for another month because I think he’s done well here and he’s getting better and fitter all the time.
“But obviously he’ll miss three games now and he can’t play against Chesterfield in March but we’ve got eight games in that month.
“It’s a coming together. He’s not that type of person but as soon as you put your head into an opposing player you can be in trouble.
“We’ll have to have a look at it.
Overall, Bentley thought the outcome was a fair result with Padraig Amond’s 54th minute strike cancelling out Tom Nichols’ goal after just two minutes.
The Shrimps boss said: “We kept plugging away tonight and creating chances and the draw was probably the fair result.”
Shaun Beeley missed out with a sore knee but the Shrimps are hopeful he will return against Oxford United at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
Jack Redshaw was also an unused substitute having gone down with illness in the warm-up.