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DEREK ADAMS | It's Going To Feel Different

19 May 2021

Club News

DEREK ADAMS | It's Going To Feel Different

19 May 2021

The Shrimps begin their Sky Bet League Two play-off campaign as they face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in the first leg fixture on Thursday evening.

The fixture includes the return of fans, with Tranmere expected to accommodate 3,400 fans.

The Rovers finished 7th in the league two table after a 0-0 draw with Colchester United on the final day of the season.

A league campaign which saw Thursday's hosts win 20 of their 46 fixtures throughout the season.

The Shrimps finished five points and three positions above Tranmere in the league table, winning five of their final six fixtures, narrowly missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season.

"We're looking forward to it," said Derek Adams ahead of the fixture.

"We've had an excellent season and it culminates with being in the play-off semi finals, away first against Tranmere Rovers and then at home in the second leg.

"I think that having supporters back is going to make it a different proposition. It'll be great for the players to have an atmosphere in the stadium and it will be especially nice for the supporters being back.

"Having supporters back makes it interesting, it will help the tempo of the game and I'm sure it will be a quick start to the match.


"As soon as we get to the stadium there is going to be a buzz around the place. When the players go out for their warmup it's going to feel different.

"I've spoken to them about that and they have to recognise what it's going to be like on Thursday night.

"We've played without fans for 45 league games. The only game we have played in front of supporters was away at Colchester United.

"We played well that day and I think that the players feed off that energy, I think they enjoy the pressure of the situation.

"Both sets of supporters will have missed seeing their team play this year, I know that the players have missed having them in the stadium and it's two really good games to look forward to.

"We're looking to progress through these two games and eventually get to the final, hopefully it will be a good product for the television cameras too.

"We'll treat the first leg exactly the same as any other game. There is a quick turnaround for the second leg but we'll deal with that in the best way we can.

"I've had experience of that previously at Plymouth Argyle being away at Portsmouth in the first leg so I'm aware of how to deal with that situation."

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