Bentley is puzzled as Bury hold out
MORECAMBE manager Jim Bentley was left scratching his head as to just how the Shrimps failed to end their campaign on a high note after being held by Bury.
Despite their best efforts Morecambe failed to break the deadlock and give the Globe Arena something to shout about as they waved goodbye to another campaign.
But boss Bentley refused to blame the disappointing affair on the traditional end of season mood with both clubs having nothing but pride to play for.
“I think we had the better of the game and we created the better chances,” he said.
“We had really decent possession and constantly looked threatening down the flanks, and I can't really remember our Barry Roche making a save.
“People will say it was an end of season game with really low tempo, but I think both sides gave it their all and really tried to win the game, so credit to both clubs in that respect.
“Both teams were getting amongst each other on plenty of occasions but like I say, I think we created the better chances to certainly have scored at least one goal.”
The better of the chances did come from the home side, with forward Jack Redshaw creating the bulk of the problems throughout.
Redshaw found some space in the box before firing across goal, but cru- cially, there were none of his teammates there to take advantage of the opportunity.
Redshaw then forced his way into the area once again with a mazy run, but the Shrimps again couldn’t capitalise on the chance as Andrew Fleming fired over from just six yards out.
In the second period Fleming found himself through on goal, but the commanding presence of Brian Jensen in the Bury goal was enough to deny the midfielder. Redshaw was booked towards the end for diving, with the home faithful adamant he should have had a penalty after tangling with Pablo Mills.
Bury boss David Flitcroft said:“I was disappointed in the first half because we let our standards slip. “We had some stern words at half-time because I wanted to finish with a cleansheet for Brian Jensen and I felt we kept the ball better.
“It's been a difficult week because I’ve let players go early; some didn’t travel with us and we've left ourselves a little bit light because of that.
“But looking at it it’s the right decision, because I wanted to give people like Jensen the send-off that he's deserved. He’s been brilliant and he got the cleansheet he craved.”
STAR MAN JIM McNUL