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Stockton hoping cup win will put Shrimps back on track

5 November 2021

Morecambe’s leading goalscorer Cole Stockton says that he hopes a win against Newport County on Saturday will install that winning feeling back into the squad.

Tuesday night’s defeat at home to Cambridge United was the last league game before the international break, with Saturday’s FA Cup clash being closely followed by Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture against Carlisle United.

Despite the difference in competition, Stockton hopes that a win against Saturday’s League Two opposition will kickstart a triumphant run.

“Hopefully we can get back on the little winning spree,” he said.

“[We’ll] try and get the ball rolling with that, and then into the Papa John’s Trophy game on Tuesday.

“It [Tuesday’s performance] wasn’t good enough and we just have to learn from it, we have to stick together as well, and it’s just got to hurt a little bit more.

“Us lads, we’ll all stick together no matter what with the staff, but we just have to start taking ownership and not letting stuff like that happen.”

The 27-year-old scored twice in last year’s FA Cup Second Round against Solihull Moors to set up a Third Round glamour tie away at Chelsea, and the striker hopes the Shrimps can taste similar success this time round starting on Saturday.

Stockton added: “Unfortunately that was behind closed doors, but still playing against world class players.

“It’ll be a tough game, we know what to expect from them, they’re doing very well at the minute, and we’ll be ready for what they can bring.

“We know their strengths, and they’ll be wary of us as well and it’ll be a tough game.”

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