Bentley down after Pilgrims loss

Last Updated: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:29

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley cut a deflated figure after a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Plymouth.

The Pilgrims, who scored four against Fleetwood last weekend, romped to victory with former Shrimps striker Lewis Alessandra scoring two of the quintet.

Durrell Berry began the rout in the fifth minute with his first Football League goal.

Skipper Conor Hourihane won the ball in midfield to set up the first of Alessandra's two goals before the break. Curtis Nelson headed Argyle 3-0 up in the 77th minute and substitute Andres Gurrieri started and finished a length-of-the-field counter attack to add a fourth.

Alessandra scored a second, sweeping home from 18 yards in stoppage time to make it 5-0 and take his season's tally to 12 goals.

Bentley admitted: "We took a good beating and it's hard to take.

"Credit where credit is due Plymouth are a good side.

"Once the first goal went in we seemed to collapse. We look nervy and disjointed and it was too easy to play against us. We didn't do the ugly side. At the start of the season we went nine games unbeaten and we were hard to play against.

"No-one feels it more than me when we lose like we did.

"It is a bad day at the office, we have had a few words and there is a lot of work to be done. It is a test of our character and I am ready for the battle ahead, we have got two big home games coming up and need to bounce back.

"We are in poor form at the moment and we need to turn a corner and turn a corner quickly. We have got a big week of football ahead of us and the players will be in every day.

"We need to regain our confidence because we have not become a bad side overnight."

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