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20 January 2019

SHRIMPS’ boss Jim Bentley said he felt “numb’’ after seeing his side concede a 94th minute goal for the second home game in succession to drop vital points.

After Stevenage took the points through Luke Wilkinson’s injury time header Bentley said: "It’s hard to be honest; the job’s hard and things like that don’t help.

“I feel numb; we shot ourselves in the foot in the first half which was probably as bad as it’s been, maybe in the last 12 or 18 months.

“Last week, there were lots of good signs; today we thought ‘do we go more defensive with (Alex) Kenyon or more offensive with (Liam) Mandeville?’

“You’ve got to be adaptable but it’s so frustrating because we speak about mindsets and what we expect of them.

“When we turn in a performance like that in the first half, it takes me to lose my voice to get them going.

“We were terrible in the first half but we finished it with Rhys Oates and Jordan Cranston having a couple of shots, so we looked like we had recovered from it.

“I was thankful it was only 1-0 at half-time; we didn’t win first or second balls, we didn’t track runners.

“In 90 per cent of games, even when the result hasn’t gone for us, we’ve been clapped off but, today, we were open to criticism.

“I could hear it – because it’s a lonely place in the dugout – and they have every right but the crowd were excellent in the second half.”

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