Derek Adams has praised his Morecambe side after beating Burton Albion 3-0 to secure his first win since returning to the Shrimps as manager.
After creating several big chances, Arthur Gnahoua fired the Shrimps ahead on 41 minutes when a deflected shot looped over Brewers’ goalkeeper Ben Garratt.
Things went from bad to worse for the visitors who lost Conor Shaughnessy to a red card two minutes later after a late challenge on Dylan Connolly, before Adam Phillips doubled Morecambe’s advantage five minutes into time added on at the end of the first half.
Adams’ men started the second half as well as they ended the first, when Cole Stockton netted a third moments after the break, and the gaffer expressed his delight at Morecambe’s performance.
“It was a really good performance from us today,” he said.
“It’s the best performance we’ve probably had since I came back to the football club, I thought the team we picked, the players played really well, we controlled large aspects of the game.
“I think we could’ve scored a lot more goals today, I think [with] the goal difference, and that’s why we’re trying to push to get some more goals because goal difference might be important at the end of the season.
“We’ve got three today, we’ve kept a clean sheet and won against a very good Burton Albion side.”
Stockton’s goal this afternoon carried him over to 20 of the season in Sky Bet League One, and it comes as no surprise to Adams to see our leading scorer thriving in this division.
He added: “Cole did really well last year, but to come this season and score 20 goals in this league is a tremendous effort from him.
“He deserves it, today he’s reacted really well to the ball coming off the goalkeeper and he’s been able to put it in.
“His all-round performance, I think he would’ve been probably involved in the Adam Phillips goal as well, his hold up play is excellent.
“We’ll be ready for Tuesday night because we know Oxford United are trying to get into those Play-Off positions, and they’re a very, very good football team.”