Morecambe boss Jim Bentley bemoaned his side's inability to defend set-plays as they slipped to their second defeat on the spin following a 3-0 defeat at play-off chasing Northampton Town.

All three goals came in the second half. Adebayo Akinfenwa's 13th goal of the campaign put Northampton on their way to a third win on the bounce. An own goal from Kevin Ellision and an excellent stoppage-time free-kick from Ishmel Demontagnac secured the victory.

"We tried to play football but Northampton are very good at what they do and two long throw-ins have caused havoc after we had dealt with them so well earlier in the game," said Bentley.

"There were two different styles of football out there tonight and we didn't take our chances when they came.

"We worked hard in training yesterday on what Northampton do but sometimes you have to take your hat off and admit they do it well. [Adebayo] Akinfenwa is a player in form and when the ball goes in the box he's very hard to mark, I know because I've played against him!

"We knew exactly what to expect from Northampton but sometimes you can't do anything about it. They're a big, physical side and we couldn't defend against their set-pieces.

"The first goal was always going to be vcery important and had Kevin Ellison's shot not hit the post it could have been a different game if we had managed to get our noses in front. We didn't and they did because we didn't deal with the long throw-in."

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd was delighted to see his side maintain their recent good form as they extended their unbeaten run to six games, and he said: "It's nice to get three wins on the trot but tonight was a very different game from our previous two wins.

"Morecambe came with a game plan to try and stop us from playing and we had to do something different to get in front. That's something our supporters have got to get used to when teams come here but that's a compliment for us.

"Sometimes it take 90 minutes to get in front but once we got the first goal I felt we commanded the second half and we won the game quite convincingly in the end."