Manager says too many players fell below the usual standards in the defeat to Morecambe
Blues manager Phil Brown says too many off days cost his side dearly as they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Jim Bentley’s Morecambe.
Despite a bright start, and Kevan Hurst’s opening goal, Blues struggled to break down a resolute Morecambe who equalised just three minutes later and then scored two quick fire goals at the start of the second half.
The defeat left Brown bemoaning his side’s display, with the boss disappointed with the number of poor individual performances.
He said: “Sometimes when one or two players have an off day you can pull them through and get a positive result, but when a number of players aren’t firing it’s a problem.
“Too many of the players out there had an off day.
“We tried to play with a quick tempo but we made a lot of poor decisions which cost us and allowed Morecambe to keep their organisation well.
“After the last two games, I’ve said we’ve been unlucky not to get anything but I can’t even say that today. Morecambe deserved the three points.
“Morecambe came here on a high today and played like a team full of confidence. We didn’t do enough as a team or individually to win the game.
“I think when you’ve lost two games in a row you have to show huge amounts of character and I don’t think we quite did that which was disappointing.
“There weren’t many positives out there today but it was good to have Kevan Hurst back and find the back of the net
“I was also pleased with Cauley Woodrow’s performance. He stood up to the physical test and showed good composure, so that’s a plus for me.
“Unfortunately not enough players were at the races. We’ve got to put this behind us and pick up three points on Friday night against Scunthorpe.
“I was hoping my players would put in a really positive performance because we had a good crowd here to celebrate our youth academy and the excellent work they do.
“We fell short of the standards we’ve set ourselves so we’ve got to respond now against Scunthorpe.”