Bent­ley’s in­ter­val out­burst stops rot

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

A HALF-TIME roast­ing from boss Jim Bent­ley helped in­spire Morecambe to their first point in eight games af­ter this game be­tween two strug­gling sides ended all square.

Af­ter seven straight de­feats had seen the Shrimps slump nearer to the bot­tom two, Bent­ley ad­mit­ted he was fum­ing with his side's poor first-half show­ing as Hartlepool, des­per­ate for points of their own, dom­i­nated the first 45 min­utes.

He said: “It isn’t of­ten that I lose my head but I did at half-time, and to be fair to the lads we saw a re­ac­tion and were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half.

“We have had the lads in train­ing ev­ery day this week, but you wouldn’t have thought so af­ter the first 45 min­utes. We were miles off the pace.

“No-one was tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and we were mak­ing ex­cuses. We didn't get tight and made poor de­ci­sions and looked like we felt sorry for our­selves.

“We were much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, played with more ur­gency and tempo and asked a few ques­tions and could have won the game in the end as we had a cou­ple of great chances.

“We had to break the cy­cle af­ter seven straight de­feats and it was an im­por­tant point.”

For­mer Morecambe striker Padraig Amond fired Hartlepool into the lead on 39 min­utes.

Morecambe came back fight­ing af­ter the break and lev­elled on 59 min­utes when Mullin headed home the cru­cial loose ball from close range.

And Hartlepool boss Dave Jones was left frus­trated af­ter see­ing his side fail to make their first-half dom­i­nance pay by let­ting the Shrimps back into the game af­ter the break.

Jones said: “I thought we should have taken three points. We were so dom­i­nant and had enough of the game but we got a bit sloppy and were made to pay. We tried to play in some ar­eas and we have to cut that out.

“For the first half hour we showed some great qual­ity and scored an ex­cel­lent goal but we couldn’t main­tain that in the sec­ond half and that is where we lack some vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence which makes all the dif­fer­ence.

“We got in so many times and that ex­tra bit of qual­ity would have made the dif­fer­ence.

“We are try­ing to add that qual­ity but there were some good things to take away from the per­for­mance, and I can’t fault the lads be­cause they worked their socks off.

“We had a great chance to go 2-0 up just be­fore they scored and if we had taken that it would have been game

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