Morecambe boss Derek Adams admitted he was disappointed not to see his struggling side take maximum points after they were held to a 1-1 Sky Bet League Two draw with Cambridge at the Globe Arena.
Adams had seen his side take the lead with Adam Phillips’ third goal in four games at the start of the second half only for Harvey Knibbs to end Cambridge’s recent run of defeats with a leveller after 68 minutes.
Adams said: “It’s nice to be off the bottom of the table but it is disappointing that we didn’t hold onto the lead as we had the chance to move further up the table today and get closer to Cambridge as well.
“Overall I thought we had the best opportunities to take the three points but we didn’t take our chances again and in some way it feels more like two points dropped rather than a point gained.
“We didn’t play as well as we have been doing and at half-time I had to have a bit of a go at them but we started the second half well and got our noses in front and I thought we would go on from there.
“But then our passing wasn’t as crisp as it has been and in the second half we went really deep.
“Having said that, we had the best opportunities with Cole Stockton gong close and their goalkeeper pulling off one of the best saves you will see at this level right at the death.”
Cambridge manager Colin Calderwood was delighted with his side’s spirit with a welcome draw ending their recent run of six defeats in seven league games including a 4-0 hammering to Stevenage last week.
He said: “We have had a difficult run of late and to go 1-0 down so early in the second half put us under pressure.
“But the way we came back into the game showed terrific spirit. I was delighted with the attitude of the lads and the level of football they showed too.
“It showed what the players can do when they push themselves to the limit and we need to do that more.
“After our recent run, the point feels like a lottery ticket and hopefully it gets us started again.
“We needed to arrest the losses and – although we wanted the win – obviously today hopefully it means we can kick on now.”