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Adams: A Game Of Two Halves

2 December 2022

Manager Derek Adams reflects on Friday night's 1-1 draw with Exeter City, saying it was a game of two halves.

Cole Stockton’s second goal in as many games deservedly opened the scoring before the Grecians responded two minutes later through Joshua Key.

Neither side could find a breakthrough in the second half, and speaking after the game, the gaffer admits it was a game of two halves.

“It was probably a match where we had the better of the first half and definitely Exeter had the better of the second half,” he said.

“We started the better team in the game, we controlled possession and really got into the game.

“We got [Liam] Shaw on the ball, got our full-backs, Adam Mayor down one side, Caleb [Watts] down the other side, we started off with a great goal, well worked from the training ground.

“They didn’t pick Caleb [Watts] up, he flicked it round and a header from Cole Stockton, but it was a really good start to the game.”

Morecambe are now unbeaten in four games at the Mazuma Stadium, and once again, Adams says the work rate and effort from his players cannot be faulted.

He added: “It’s another point added to the points total, the boys put in a terrific effort tonight, you can’t fault them at that.

“The positive is that we’ve been ahead in a lot of these matches this season, we’ve been able to take the game to the opposition and be ahead, obviously we haven’t been able to hold out and that’s just the nature of football.

“We’ve defended really well at times in the game, I think we’ve had to throughout the 90 minutes.”

Adam Mayor started his first game since signing a professional contract with the club earlier in the day, and the gaffer was pleased with tonight’s showing from the youngster.

“I’m delighted for him, an 18-year-old getting his first contract, I thought he started the game very well,” he continued.

“He was lively and he continues to develop, that’s what he’s here to do, we’ve given him a two-and-a-half year contract and it’s given him time to go forward.”

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