Shrimps miss golden opportunity to break their Stanley jinx
BOSS Jim Bentley admitted that his side's 1-1 draw against 10 man Accrington was another frustrating Globe encounter.
The Shrimps failed to beat Stanley at the 16th time of asking in the Football League and Bentley said his side missed a golden opportunity to break their Stanley jinx against a side reduced to 10 men for 50 minutes after Terry Gornell saw red for a late challenge on Laurence Wilson.
The Shrimps also had a goal controversially disallowed and saw Wilson miss a second-half penalty in an entertaining derby.
Bentley said: “We’ve missed out another opportunity to beat our rivals especially after the sending off.
“Some times they can work for you and some times against you but I’ve got to give Accrington credit because they dug in and worked hard.
“And when you’ve got a team down to 10 men it’s about getting the second goal and building momentum and there were two big moments.
“The disallowed goal which in my opinion should have stood but that went against us and obviously the penalty miss.
“Laurence Wilson in the past has scored 12 in 12 for us and that’s probably the first time I’ve seen him not hit the target, even in training.
“After that I thought our game management was poor and on another day we could have lost it.”
Bentley was particularly aggrieved with the disallowed goal as Jamie Devitt capitalised on a quickly taken free-kick to score only for referee Eddie Ilderton to bring play back.
The Shrimps boss said: “Why hasn’t he blown up straight away?
“I looked at Lloyd Jones’ body language when he walked over to the bench and it proved he’d taken a quick free-kick.
“Devitt took advantage and put it away and that would have been 2-1 against 10 men with the crowd bouncing.
“It just one of them decisions that’s gone against us. People say it evens itself out over the season but I don’t think it has for us.”