Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth bemoaned his side's 'terrible' first half display as the Blues lost 2-1 to struggling Morecambe on Saturday.

Wanderers found themselves with a mountain to climb as they conceded two first half goals after a disappointing display before the interval.

Adebayo Akinfenwa gave the Chairboys a lifeline and almost grabbed an equaliser as Wycombe were much improved in the second half but Ainsworth explained that the second half performance merely glossed over the first.

He said: "It was a game of two halves. We were easily the better side in the second half but you can't give away two goals like we did in the first half.

"We were terrible in the first half and I have not said that this season. It wasn't us.

"We played as individuals and not as a team. The balls forward were hopeful and the marking for both goals we can't let happen.

"The second goal wasn't unbelievably clever either. It was just the basics and we had no-one with him and he easily slotted in the goal.

"There were mistakes there and once you get yourself two goals down, you have a mountain climb.

"We nearly climbed it but nearly isn't good enough. The second half will gloss over what we did in the first half but not for me. We weren't good enough first half and we need to make sure we start games like we did in the second half.

"It is a tough place to come but it is three points dropped. We wanted to win this match but fair play to Jim Bentley, he has got us again but we have to put it right next week against Crawley."

Ainsworth made just one change from the team that won at Solihull Moors, including a unchanged backline.

With experience pouring through Morecambe's lineup, Ainsworth had thought about bringing back skipper Adam El-Abd but after a clean sheet the previous week, decided against it.

He added: "There was a thought about starting Adam but there is pace through their side too and Adam had a hamstring a couple of weeks ago.

"He did come on last week but felt a little bit sore and resting him was the right thing but the outcome doesn't always work and another week under his belt will do him the world of good.

"I am looking forward to working with the squad and places are up for grabs now."