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Adams to respect the integrity of the Carabao Cup

8 August 2022

Derek Adams says he will respect the integrity of the Carabao Cup and play his strongest side against Stoke City on Tuesday night.

The Shrimps come into this game looking to cause an upset and pick up their first win of the season, with Adams admitting that few changes will be made to his starting XI from the side that faced Peterborough United at the weekend. 

“I want to respect the competition, we won’t make many changes for the game on Tuesday night because it is a competition that everyone wants to do well in,” he said. 

“You want to play your best team, that is what you want to do on a week-by-week basis and this competition is no different. 

“We are looking forward to being back at home, Stoke is a game where they are favourites, it is great for us, it is the Carabao Cup and we want to progress to the next round.”

Tuesday night’s Championship opponents picked up all three points against Blackpool on Saturday, and Adams is expecting a tough game with minimal changes from Michael O’Neill’s side. 

“Tuesday night will be a really hard game, Stoke City are a side that have come down from the Premier League a number of years ago, but they are still a strong outfit," he added

“I have watched back their game against Blackpool, and they battered Blackpool, that is the level that we have got to try and compete with on Tuesday night, we know we can cause them problems and they will cause us problems no doubt. 

“We think they will change their squad about a bit from Saturday, they haven't got as big of a squad than some teams in the Championship, so might not make as many changes as people might expect."

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