Shrimps’ boss Jim Bentley said his side’s failure to act on instructions given to them about Plymouth’s danger men proved costly in the defeat at Home Park on Saturday.
Bentley said Graham Carey and Craig Tanner had been identified as Plymouth’s main threats in the preparations for the game but both players scored in the opening exchanges of the game as the Shrimps failed to heed the warnings.
Bentley said: “We worked on a lot of things during the week and the lads just didn’t get it right with their goals.
“We knew their danger men and we knew that they like to cut inside and drop a shoulder and get in a shot on goal and we just didn’t do enough to stop them doing that and found ourselves two goals down.
“They were good finishes but defensively we have to do better than that.
“We switched off at key moments and it proved costly because I didn’t think there was much between the sides for the rest of the game.
“We just didn’t get that final pass or get the lucky break we needed. We had one or two opportunities and if we had got one it would have changed the game because it could have unsettled them and got their crowd a bit nervous but we couldn’t get the goal we wanted and the longer the game went on the more we left a few gaps at the back and they put us under pressure.
“I’m proud of the lads for the effort they put in against a side who are top of the league for a reason.
“We just came up a bit short against a very, very good side.’’