Jim Bentley: Exeter point case of what might have been

Jim Bentley.
Jim Bentley.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was left lamenting decisions by referee Darren Drysdale after Exeter snatched a late point on Saturday.

Kevin Ellison fired the struggling Shrimps into the lead five minutes from time as the visitors looked like picking up a first win in six.

But having turned down two earlier Morecambe appeals for spot kicks Drysdale awarded a penalty on 89 minutes which Jayden Stockley converted to ensure the game ended 1-1.

Bentley said: “It shouldn’t be the way that you’re talking about decisions.

“But we go away saying what might have been.

“There’s quite a few talking points surrounding the officials but I don’t envy their job.

“The game’s that quick and split-second decisions have got to be made.

“They’ve had one shout for a penalty, whether it was or it wasn’t I’ll have to look again, but we’ve had for me two stonewalls and possibly four speaking to the lads.

“Definitely the foul on Kenyon in the first half and the handball in the second.

“It could have easily gone our way but it just sums things up.

“They’ve had one shout and get the penalty and we draw the game after doing so well to get our noses in front.”

Despite the disappointment Bentley felt his side rebounded from the heavy defeats to Cambridge, 7-0, and Stevenage, 4-1.

He said: “It was a tough game today but credit where credit’s due the lads bounced back today.

“They looked a lot more solid and tight as a team.

“We did okay. We can play better but the endeavour, commitment and work rate was there in abundance.

“We’ll take the point and move on and hopefully win the last game of the season next week.”