A frustrated Danny Cowley was at a loss to explain how Lincoln failed to take all three points against Morecambe.

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley at a loss to explain result

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley at a loss to explain result

Cowley's Imps had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their first home game back in the Football League, despite dominating the League Two clash for long periods.

Morecambe who took a shock lead early in the second half when Aaron Wildig volleyed home.

The Imps, who carved out a host of chances, finally hit the net with 20 minutes to go when Matt Green fired home from the edge of the box.

But City had just a point to show for their efforts thanks in part to an inspired goalkeeping display from Barry Roche.

"I don't think one of my teams has ever played that well and not won," said Cowley.

"I thought we were excellent and we created 26 chances in total. Credit to their goalkeeper, he made some exceptional saves.

"It definitely feels like two points dropped. But we've played really well in three games now.

"The stats show we've drawn one and lost one. But I'm not interested in hard luck stories so my overriding feeling is one of frustration.

"However, if we play that well again I genuinely think we'll win."

Cowley refused to be critical of his forwards and reserved praise for Green, who despite missing several chances popped up with a well-taken equaliser.

"We say to our strikers you've got to miss them to score them," he said. "Credit to Matt Green. He missed a view chances but overall he was excellent."

Opposite number Bentley reflected on an excellent point for his side.

"It's a very good point as it's a tough place to come," he said. "They've got a winning mentality, momentum and a big crowd behind them.

"They're good at what they do. They load the ball into the box and (Matt) Rhead is one of the best at this level. Matt Green is very good at what he does too.

"But we created one or two chances ourselves. We knew it was going to be a tough game and that we would have to defend well and that our keeper would have to play well. Overall, I'm very pleased with a point."

The result completed an excellent first week for Bentley's side, who began their League Two campaign with a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham last weekend.

"It's a decent start," added the Shrimps boss. "We played well last week and deserved to win against Cheltenham.

"We then did well in midweek against Barnsley (in the Carabao Cup, where Morecambe lost 4-3). We played well and there were plenty of positives.

"And there were plenty of positives today. I've got to be pleased to take a point at a thing like this."