Stephen Robinson says he was ‘extremely disappointed’ with the way his Shrimps side defended in Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to Crewe Alexandra at the Mazuma Stadium.
The home side surrendered a one-goal lead by conceded two goals in quick succession in the second-half, and the Northern Irishman admitted his team deserved to lose on the strength of their defending.
He said: “I am extremely disappointed with the way that we defended, their player is heading nowhere and he manages to get a cross into the box and it lands on a player who has a free header.
“We didn’t land on the second ball for their second goal, so you deserve to lose when you defend like that, we have been conceding too many goals and we have tried to get more bodies in there.
“We didn’t pass the ball, I have said previously it was a big game and it was a big game for a lot of players, but a lot of them froze, they were hiding from the ball unfortunately.”
The Shrimps face bottom-of-the-table Doncaster Rovers on Sunday 2 January hoping they can put this run of form behind them and pick up three valuable points.
Robinson is hoping that star striker Cole Stockton will be fit for the game after missing out on Wednesday night due to injury.
He added: “Every game is huge, this game was huge - you are not going to stay up if you won this game or if you lost it, but it is certainly a blow to us.
“The Doncaster game is as big as this one was, we simply have to preform better, we have to have more people that are prepared to stand up and be counted.
“Cole is injured, he hasn’t got COVID, we are hoping that we will have him back for Sunday, he is the goal-scorer, he is badly missed when you don’t have people that can hold the ball up and bring people into play and he certainly does that.”