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Adams: ‘It was an unbelievable victory.”

6 April 2022

Shrimps boss Derek Adams has described the win over Oxford United as an ‘unbelievable victory’.

The visitors took an early lead after three minutes courtesy of Matty Taylor, though the  Shrimps were level 10 minutes later thanks to an Aaron Wildig strike from the edge of the box which deflected over Jack Stevens in the U’s goal and nestled home.

The points were secured on 25 minutes when, after some neat one-two play with Adam Phillips down the right-hand side, Cole Stockton neatly tucked away his 21st league goal of the season, and manager Adams is delighted with the win.

“It was an unbelievable victory for us tonight because we were playing against an excellent League One side,” he said.

“Oxford can pass the ball and move and create chances, and we had to deal with a lot tonight, they scored early in the game and that was a set back to us.

“We got ourselves back in the game quickly, Aaron Wildig scored a very good goal as he does and then Cole Stockton.

“We created a lot of good opportunities in the game, so did Oxford, we had to defend really well, Trevor Carson has made two unbelievable saves in the game, the second one is as good as you’ll see anywhere for a long period of time.

“I thought the work ethic, the togetherness of the squad tonight was there for everyone to see, and the supporters showed that with the backing they gave the players, and I was delighted for them tonight.”

Despite conceding early on, the Shrimps defended resolutely with bodies on the line, which the gaffer felt his side had to do against such quality opposition.

Adams continued: “They had to tonight because we’re playing against a really good team, a team that’s pushing to get in the League One Play-Off places.

“I’ve obviously known Oxford United under Karl [Robinson] for many years, I always enjoy watching them and playing against them, and tonight we’ve been able to get that three points that has enabled us to move in the right direction.

“We couldn’t have asked for many more tonight to get ourselves the three points, it’s a magnificent three points for us.

“We’re obviously away to Cambridge on Saturday, we’ve still got a lot of tough games to come, but we’ve put ourselves in a much better position than we’ve been in.”

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