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Shrimps boss frustrated by lack of cutting edge

21 August 2021


Shrimps boss frustrated by lack of cutting edge

21 August 2021

Stephen Robinson says, despite dominating large parts of the game, his side weren't clinical enough in Saturday's defeat at Gillingham.

The Shrimps fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat away at the Priestfield Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with both goals for the hosts coming from a direct free-kick and a penalty respectively.

Robinson’s side equalised on 26 minutes through Cole Stockton’s mazy run and clinical finish, his fifth in as many games, but the Gills claimed all three points from the spot on 79 minutes, former Shrimp Vadaine Oliver making no mistake from 12 yards.

Reflecting on his team’s performance, Robinson believes that the positives are there to take, but admits there are certain areas to work on.  

“It’s hard to be too critical on the players, they’re playing well,” Robinson said.

“We passed the ball really well. 

“We didn’t go away from our game plan, we’re not very good when we kick it long, their one threat was the big boy up front Oliver, he’s a handful but I thought we managed him really, really well.  

“We dominated large parts of the game but what happens in both boxes decide whether you win or lose, and we weren’t clinical enough and our delivery wasn’t good enough when we got in very, very good areas with good football.

“We’ll continue to do that, I’m not going to change the way we play.”

The Morecambe chief also believes that a few key decisions went against his side this afternoon. 

“We’ve got beat by two set plays, both arguable decisions," he added. 

“If the referee can give the second one, and I can see why he’s given, the players bought it quite well, he has to give Adam Phillips’.

“They don’t have an easy job, I’m not one who comes out and criticises referee’s very often, but if he’s given that one, he has to give the other one.”

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