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Shrimps squad well prepared for Black Cats test

29 April 2022

Derek Adams says the Shrimps are well prepared to face Sunderland AFC in this weekend’s 2021/22 Sky Bet League One curtain call.

Morecambe currently sit two points above the relegation zone in 19th with one to play and will be battling alongside the likes of Fleetwood Town and Gillingham to remain a League One side come the end of play on Saturday.  

Ahead of the Black Cats’ visit, the gaffer admits his team are well prepared and ready to face Alex Neil’s men, who will be hungry for three points themselves in their push for promotion to the Championship.

“We watched training this morning, the players were very good,” he said.

“We’ve got a core squad that are ready to go and to get us over this final hurdle.

“I think it’s important having experience in your dressing room, a know-how how to win, we’ve got that within the side.

“Being at home is fantastic for us because we’ve seen at home last season and the Play-Offs against Tranmere [Rovers] how that can help us, and we’ve got that experience of playing here, this season and last season, of winning games that are important to us.”

Out of the last eight games at home, the Shrimps have won three, drawn four and lost just once, and Adams believes the team can take confidence from their form at the Mazuma Stadium.

He continued: “We’ve only had one defeat at home in the last eight games, we understand that Sunderland are on a 12-game unbeaten run.

“We’re really confident at home, we’ve got a huge backing, it’s a sell-out crowd for the game on Saturday and we’re all thoroughly looking forward to that.

“I think that’s important, your home form, we’d always like to have done better away from home, but we understand the league that we’re in.

“We understand the quality teams that are about, but we have shown here the likes of beating Oxford at home, Burton Albion at home, they’ve been big wins for us.

“We’ve taken points against Ipswich [Town] and Portsmouth as well, so we understand Sunderland are a huge football club, and we understand that they’re in the same division as us, and that gives us that opportunity to try and get something from the game on Saturday.”

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