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Robinson motivated with squad’s competitive edge

14 October 2021

Manager Stephen Robinson says his side ‘fear nobody’ ahead of Friday night’s trip to Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe currently sit 13th in the division after winning four, drawing two and losing five of the 11 opening games, a point ahead of early title favourites Ipswich Town.

Despite the number of sizable clubs in League One, and the fact that the Shrimps play only once at home throughout October, Robinson says his side won’t feel intimidated by anybody.

“We don’t fear anybody in the division,” he said.

“We have to be more physical at times and, as I say, maybe not quite so naïve, so we’ll compete with what’s put in front of us.

“Jimmy’s [Floyd Hasselbaink] got his team, they work their socks off, they’re really aggressive with how they press, they’ve had a really good start to the season and then they’ve had some indifferent results recently.

“They’re a good team that’s going to be very, very difficult to play against, a team that we can play against if we’re brave on the ball again, we can play but we’re expecting a really tough challenge.”

The fixture at the Pirelli Stadium comes on the back of a second international break for the Shrimps, and Robinson admits his side has been working hard throughout the week.

He added: “What we have been working on is we have conceded too many goals, and usually in the last minutes of the game.

“It’s a case of trying to get people to play tired mentally and trying to recreate what you can in training when people have worked hard and done runs and then played games.

“Subconsciously you can do a lot more than you think you can do, you’re not actually tired.

“There’s things we’ve worked on, and we’re hoping to see that be put right on Friday.”

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