Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy was angered by the performance of referee Graham Salisbury after his side lost 4-1 at leaders Rochdale.

Chris O'Grady, Chris Dagnall and Will Atkinson's brace condemned McIlroy's injury-hit side to defeat and Wayne Curtis' goal was little consolation.

But McIlroy was furious after Salisbury booked Laurence Wilson and Garry Hunter for what the Shrimpers boss felt were fair tackles. From having a full-strength squad a few weeks ago we now have Paul Mullin and Phil Jevons out," he said.

McIlroy added: "Michael Twiss went off with a head injury and we won't know how he is until later in the week and now we have lost Laurence Wilson and Garry Hunter to suspension, so its all going against us.

"It wasn't a dirty game and the two tackles that went in were not vicious. The referee wouldn't even talk to me off the pitch and this is the problem with referees.

"You go to meetings and try to protect them, and they give you decisions like that.

"He can sleep with that because it isn't going to cost him his job, but at the end of the day I thought he was poor."

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