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Ripley: "We've got to focus on ourselves."

19 August 2022

Club captain Connor Ripley says all the Shrimps' focus is on themselves ahead of Saturday's trip to Oxford United.

The Shrimps overcame Karl Robinson's men by two goals to one at the Mazuma Stadium back in April, a result that proved vital as Morecambe secured League One safety.

Ahead of the fixture, goalkeeper Ripley says his side need to focus on themselves, and what they’re good at, to get past the U's.

“It’s going to be a tough game," he said.
"Oxford are a great side, they’re having a bit of a bad spell at the moment but that’s something hopefully we can capitalise on.  
"I believe if we apply ourselves well and we start attacking a bit more aggressively, we could probably get the goals and we could take away the three points. 
“Every time I play against Oxford, they’re a very good footballing side.
"It’s one of those where we have to nullify their threats and we’ve got to be wary of them, but ultimately we’ve got to focus on ourselves and we’ve got to do what we’re good at."
The 29-year-old, who arrived in the summer from Preston North End, admits he is settling into life well at the Mazuma Stadium.
One key reason is the goalkeeping department, and the chemistry from within, which Ripley compliments.
He explained: “We’re constantly pushing each other forward.
It’s one of those where Smithy [Adam Smith] is a great ‘keeper and so is Andre [Da Silva Mendes], so they’re always keeping me on my toes- so is Baz [Barry Roache]. 
“I believe he [Roche] is a top goalkeeping coach, his man management skills and the sessions he puts on are top notch, so I’m happy with it. 
“You don’t want an erratic ‘keeper, you don’t want someone who is going mental, you want someone who is calm, trustworthy and I like to think he’s instilled that in me.”

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