Leyton Orient’s late winner summed up Morecambe’s luck this season according to boss Jim Bentley.
After Barry Roche’s early red card the 10-man Shrimps battled hard and looked set for an unlikely point at the Matchroom Stadium.
But an own goal 10 minutes from time, an Alan Goodall clearance cannoning off Ryan Edwards and in, ultimately sealed a 1-0 Orient win despite some fine saves from replacement goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara.
Bentley said: “I’m absolutely gutted.
“We were positive and started well. We had a couple of little opportunities but the main talking point was the sending off of Barry Roche.
“It looked marginally offside when he got in but I’ll have to wait and see on that.
“He got in though and if the roles were reversed I’d be asking for a sending off myself.
“But from then on with 10 men we managed the game really well and we limited them to very little in the first half. I thought we looked a threat on the break as well.
“We gave it our all in the second half as well. We were workmanlike, professional, disciplined, hard-working, determined and when they did get through Kieran O’Hara’s made some big saves for us.
“Coming into the latter stages of the game you’re hoping you can nick a point of maybe even more but their goal just sums our luck up this season. .
“It could have gone anywhere but it’s gone in the back of the net and we lose the game 1-0.
“Overall I’m proud of them even though I’m disappointed we’ve lost the game. It wasn’t for the want of trying today.”
The star of the show for The Shrimps was Manchester United loanee O’Hara who enhanced his growing reputation with a performance that deserved to earn his side a point.
He said: “After making one or two saves it just looked like he had that confidence.
“He was pulling off saves left, right and centre in the end. I’m pleased for him.
“He’s come off the bench at a difficult place and had to face a penalty straight away which he saved.
“He just went from strength to strength. He was excellent.”