Bentley: Cheltenham should have had a penalty

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley admitted Cheltenham should have had a penalty in the goalless draw at the Globe Arena on Friday night.

Shrimps midfielder Andy Fleming appeared to bring down Sam Deering as he tried to clear shortly before half-time but referee Eddie Ilderton waved away The Robins’ protests.

Bentley said: “Neither ‘keeper has had much to do but they’ve had a great penalty shout which I think was penalty at the time, I’d have to see it again to confirm that though.

“Both ourselves and Cheltenham like to get the ball down and play football but it was difficult tonight and I didn’t want players taking chances in dangerous areas.

“So it became a little bit of a battle, a long-ball game, we did play some decent stuff at times and so did Cheltenham but it had 0-0 written all over it.

“It wasn’t the most entertaining game, but it’s a clean sheet, it’s a point and we stay unbeaten at home for what’s nearly four months now.

“But we need to make sure in the coming weeks to turn some of these draws into three points.”

The Shrimps boss also admitted it was touch and go whether the game went ahead with freezing temperatures and snow across the country decimating the weekend’s Football League programme.

He said: “I think the referee did well to get the game on, the pitch was hard in patches but Cheltenham had travelled.

“So we knew it wasn’t going to be a great game of football with the swirling wind and a pitch that was already bobbly and was freezing more in places as the minutes ticked by.”