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Bentley bemoans dropped points

11 August 2013

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley found it hard to hide his frustration after his side let a lead slip against Torquay.

After midweek cup goal hero Ryan Williams had given the Shrimps the lead, veteran striker Karl Hawley levelled for the visitors with his first goal for his new club to earn a share of the points.

In the final moments Gulls defender Dale Tonge was sent off for a second yellow card and Morecambe almost took advantage when, with virtually the last kick of the game, substitute Joe McGee hit the post following a swift counter attack.

''I'm hugely disappointed because it just wasn't good enough,'' said Bentley.

"We started off the game really well and were on top for the first half an hour but we took our foot off the gas after that and I could see them coming back into it.

"After we scored we really should have pressed for a second goal and maintained the pace but we just didn't do that. I had a bit of a go at the lads at half-time because I could see what was happening, but we just didn't respond and lost our shape.

"To their credit they kept going to the end and we could have won the game with the very last kick of the match.

"Overall, I'm not happy but on the plus side we have our first point of the season and it gives us something to move forward with.''

Torquay boss Alan Knill agreed with much of what Bentley had to say.

''We were poor in the first half and I was really glad when half-time came because we could have been even further behind to be honest,'' said Knill.

''Our first-half performance was not acceptable really but we were much better in the second half. We scored at a perfect time with a great goal from Karl and could have gone on to win the game from there because I thought we were the better side.

"We had a much higher tempo and caused them a lot of problems and it was a game that could have gone either way.

"It's two games and two draws now and we have a full week to work on team shape and increasing our tempo, and if we play like we did in the second half for 90 minutes we definitely have a side that can compete.''

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