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Adams looking to benefit from adaptable squad

15 August 2022


Adams looking to benefit from adaptable squad

15 August 2022

Derek Adams says he is looking to benefit from having an adaptable playing squad, something which he believes is needed at this level.

In a week which saw the Shrimps dump Stoke City out of the Carabao Cup and take a point from Lancashire rivals Fleetwood Town on home turf, the gaffer says his side are benefitting from having an adaptable edge.

“We changed formation from the team that played on Tuesday night [against Stoke City],” he said.

“We wanted to get the better of Fleetwood and our formation allowed that to happen, and we’ve been quite fluid and quite adaptable as a team to change from a three at the back to a four at the back.

“We can do different things in midfield, we can play two, we can play with one sitter, it’s a squad that is ever adaptable, and that’s what you do need in this division.

“You can’t play the same way all the time unless you’re a top team, and the top teams can play in the same manner because they have better players over the whole squad.

“For some teams in this division, we’ve got to adapt, and try to see where the strengths are in the opposition, but also the weaknesses as well.”

Next up for the Shrimps is a trip to the University of Bolton to face Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

Last season saw two 1-1 draws, both home and away, and Adams believes it’ll be a different game this time round given the changes in personnel for both sides.

He added: “I remember going there last year and drawing 1-1, we probably should’ve won the game.

“We played ever so well that night, so did Bolton, they had a pattern of play that was difficult to play against, and we did really well against them.

“We created a number of good openings in the game, but Tuesday night is different, the teams are different, they’ve adapted over the summer, and we’ve added as well.

“Anybody that beats Wycombe 3-0 has to be doing something right, we looked at that game, we’ve looked at the game from Saturday [against Port Vale], we’ve looked at previous games, we understand their philosophy and we understand what we’ve got to do to get the better of them.”

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