Bentley: Decisions went against us, but that’s no excuse

Morecambe's Paul Mullin turns towards goal against Portsmouth.
Morecambe's Paul Mullin turns towards goal against Portsmouth.

Jim Bentley felt his side didn’t get the rub of the green against Portsmouth but refused to use it as an excuse for Morecambe’s defeat at Fratton Park.

The Shrimps boss saw his side come in for some rough treatment at times with Bentley frustrated at the lenient stance taken by referee Gavin Ward.

He however conceded his side needed to be more level-headed in future as the hosts took advantage of a stretched contest in the second half.

Bentley said: “It was like the Mansfield game last year.

“Decisions were going against us, people were getting elbows and things like that which in my opinion were blatant.

“Sometimes you can’t affect the referee, you’ve got to stay disciplined.

“I just think we lost our discipline and our shape and went a bit gung-ho.

“We got engrossed in it all and it was a bit messy.

“I can understand the lads’ frustrations and I’ve had a chat with them about being professional, focussed and disciplined at all times but sometimes it’s hard when your team mate is getting one on the nose.”

Bentley however insisted his side could have done more defensively as they lost 3-0 for the second year in succession at Portsmouth.

He said: “I can’t use it as an excuse though.

“It’s not down to the referee that we haven’t won the first ball from a long throw or we haven’t reacted for the second goal and it’s not down to the referee that they’ve broken down the left.

“We’ve got to make sure we tighten up.

“It’s disappointing to lose any game but after such a good performance last week against Bury it’s hard to take.

“The lads have given it their all today and one or two things have gone against them.”