Jim Bentley has admitted his Morecambe side simply weren’t good enough against Northampton on Saturday.
The Shrimps slipped to their third straight 1-0 defeat in League 2 thanks to Ivan Toney’s first-half goal with goalkeeper Barry Roche taking the blame for the defensive mix-up that paved the way for what turned out to be the winner.
Bentley said: “It’s an uncharacteristic mistake by big Baz (Roche) and he’s held his hands up.
“These things happen. He’s been superb for us this season.
“Overall, it was a jittery, nervous performance.
“Northampton took no chances. They cleared their lines, played for second balls from set plays and long balls. They’re a big, strong side.
“We tried to get passing and moving the ball and there were good signs and then it would fizzle out before more good signs and it fizzling out again.
“After the goal went in it just looked a little bit huff and puff on our part.
“They sat in and tried to hit us on the break when we overcommmitted and overall we weren’t good enough.
“We didn’t test the ‘keeper enough and we didn’t play to our full potential as individuals and as a group.”