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Adams praises 10-man Shrimps

9 August 2022

Derek Adams has praised the way his side went about their business when they were reduced to 10-men.

Jensen Weir was shown two yellow cards in a minute before being sent off with less than half-an-hour to go in Tuesday night’s penalty shootout win against Stoke City, and Adams says his side deserved to go through on the night. 

“It was a really good night for us, I thought we handled Stoke well, tactically with the ball and without the ball I think we caused them trouble,” said Adams.  

“I think we had the better of the opportunities throughout the 90 minutes with the way that we played and the way that we defended. 

“We went down to 10-men as well, which allowed Stoke back into the game as well, but on the night we thoroughly deserved to go through to Round Two.”

The Shrimps kicked off the night announcing the return of defender Jacob Bedeau on a permanent deal, with Adams saying he is satisfied with the competition for places within his team. 

“We are delighted, it adds competition for places which is what we want, it is something that you need and I have always said that I wanted a competitive squad,” he added. 

“We have got that now, we will continue to look to add to the squad, players will have to leave for that to happen as I have said before, but will continue to keep an eye on the market. 

“The three defenders that played on Tuesday night [Liam Gibson, Farrend Rawson and Ryan Delaney] coped really well with the front four that played for Stoke across the night, defensively and offensively over the 90 minutes, I thought we were really good.”

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