Date: 30th December 2015 at 2:31pm
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Manager Jim Bentley has said that Morecambe needed to get to the half time break with a clean sheet in the game against Notts County.

Making the trip to Meadow Lane on Bank Holiday Monday for the game, Morecambe found themselves two goals to the good after 23 minutes, but with the hosts getting one back on the stroke of half time and then getting the leveller in the second period, Bentley told the Lancaster Guardian in his post game press conference that their first goal changed everything as we needed the clean sheet at the break to keep the pressure on.

Not only did the goal dent our spirits, but it lifted theirs and he knows it changed the complexion of the match.

‘We were looking good and got the two-goal lead and the crowd were all over their players. You`re just hoping to get in at 2-0 but the way the goal came is my criticism of the players today. Right on half time is life and death, you`ve got to get in with a clean sheet.’

Bentley went on to say.

‘All the things we worked on had been carried out well in the first 45 minutes but the set-up from the long punt down the middle was disappointing for me. There was a big hole for them to drop it into. Whether it was or wasn`t offside, we were waiting for the flag, the goal changes the dynamics of the game and the momentum swings to them. Instead of them going off to boos, they go off to cheers and they`ve got that shot in the arm they need. They then came out and moved the ball well and we were up against it quite a bit.’

Bentley had to credit the efforts of the players on the day and in the first half particularly but with that half time blow, it undone the hard work and then made the second half more about protecting a point rather than going for the win.

‘Credit to the lads they`ve given it a right good go today but we`ve been undone by a little bit of knowhow from McLeod. We kept going and all in all it was an enjoyable game. I`m flat as a pancake now because we were 2-0 and we`ve only drawn the game. But there`s other things to take into consideration and I`m sure the fans who travelled are pleased with what the players put in for the shirt. All in all you have to say it`s probably a fair result.’

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