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Skipper says Shrimps must stand up and be counted

8 December 2021

Club captain Anthony O’Connor has called for the squad to ‘stand up and be counted’ following a heavy defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Two first half goals courtesy of Ross Stewart and Nathan Broadhead were followed by finishes by Alex Pritchard and Leon Dajaku as well as a second for Broadhead.

Following Morecambe’s heaviest defeat of the season so far, captain O’Connor says it’s up to the squad to learn from the loss and bounce back accordingly.

“[We’ve] got to stand up and be counted, look ourselves in the mirror and Thursday we’ve got to have a good conversation with ourselves as a team,” he said.

“Forget the staff, forget everyone else, us as a team and as a bunch of boys, we’ve got to have a conversation with ourselves.

“If we want to have success, success at this moment looks as if we’re just trying to fight off looking over our shoulders and wanting to get up a few positions in the league.

“If we’re going to achieve that, we’ve got to look at ourselves in the mirror because, at the moment, we look as if we’re just going one way, we’ve got to do all we can to change it.”

With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, starting with Saturday’s trip to Fratton Park to face Portsmouth, the 29-year-old admits lessons must be learned.

O’Connor added: “People are going to look and probably say ‘they’re saying the same things over and over again’, I mean it, we’ve really got to sort ourselves out.

“Look at ourselves in the mirror, it doesn’t get any easier, Fratton Park, full house probably, we’ve got to stand up and be counted for.”  

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