SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley said he was left frustrated after his side’s New year’s day defeat to Carlisle at the Globe Arena.
Bentley said the game mirrored his side’s fortunes over much of the season as they matched their opponents in general but were undone by quality strikes while not making their most of their possession in the final third of the field themselves.
He said: “The goals were the difference. We speak about key players and quality; we know what Devs (Jamie Devitt) is about and they will say it’s a fantastic goal.
“We’ve been done by a carbon copy for their second and that’s what settled the game; we have to defend it better and Mark Halstead (Morecambe keeper) has said he hasn’t made a save today.
“Possession-wise, I thought we started well but they got the goal and they played with a bit of a spring in their step.
“They have been on the front foot for a large spell of the first half but, second half, I thought we were well on top and they scored against the run of play.
“We talk about shuffling over and showing them away from goal but there were two moments of quality for both goals.
“We lacked a little bit of end product as well and couldn’t find that final pass again
“We were full of endeavour, commitment and did some good stuff at times; there were some strong performances but that lack of a final ball where it matters is killing us.”