Bentley: We should have killed Torquay off

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was disappointed his side didn’t kill Torquay off when they had the chance as the sides drew 1-1 at the Globe Arena on Saturday.

The Shrimps started the better and went ahead through another Ryan Williams stunner on 25 minutes.

But they let the visitors back into the game with Karl Hawley’s 55th-minute strike meaning the Gulls took a point back to the south coast.

Bentley said: “The positive is that we’re off the mark, I don’t think we deserved to win the game.

“The feel-good factor after the Wolves win in midweek meant we started quite well in the first half an hour.

“I think we got on top, we got the goal but my disappointment is we got in that position where we’ve got a team on the ropes and you want to finish them off but took our foot off the gas.

“It was like a cat getting a mouse and playing round with it for a bit rather than killing it.

“We had a go at them at half-time but they went out in the second half in exactly the same vain.

“It’s early on in the season, so whether midweek caught up with us I don’t know. A few players looked a big leggy, we looked disjointed, we looked miles off.

“Overall, for a third of the game we played quite well and were deservedly in front and then for the last 60 minutes it wasn’t good enough.

“Having said that we could have won the game with the last kick, but that would have been an injustice.”

The Shrimps boss was critical of his own decisions in the run up to the game, saying looking back he would have made changes to the side after Tuesday night’s heroics against Wolves.

He said: “We didn’t work on as much yesterday and maybe I look at myself, you can’t take your foot off the gas with regards to training.

“I’m a little bit light with numbers and people say you shouldn’t change a winning team but in hindsight maybe I should have freshened it up a bit too.

“I look at my own performance as well as the players and as a group, myself, the staff and the players, that wasn’t good enough today.

“But with the Wolves game, it’s been a positive week.”