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Adams: It’s About Turning Good Draws Into Good Wins

2 December 2022

Derek Adams says the Shrimps must focus on turning good draws into good wins ahead of Friday night’s visit of Exeter City in Sky Bet League One.

Morecambe’s last fixture at the Mazuma Stadium saw Adams’ side largely dominate proceedings in a 1-1 draw against Portsmouth.

Whilst that performance was largely pleasing for the Shrimps, the gaffer says it’s now a matter of putting games to bed when the opportunities present themselves.

“We played very well that day, we were really unfortunate not to have won the game,” Adams said.

“We had to settle for a draw in the end, but we created a lot of very good openings in the game, [I was] delighted with the performance, now we go into the Exeter game on Friday nig ht, looking forward to that.

“We have said that [the important of turning draws into wins], we know how this division works, there’s a lot of quality sides, we’ve been unfortunate a number of times not to have got those wins from the draws we’ve had.

“It’s the wins which are the most important thing, draws are good against some of the teams, but wins are vital.”

Morecambe were last in action with two visits to the LNER Stadium in three days, facing Lincoln City in the league and Papa Johns Trophy, the latter fixture seeing Cole Stockton net his first goal of the season.

With a number of players returning to action following injury spells, Adams says his side are starting to benefit from competition for places.

Speaking of Stockton’s goal, the manager said: “It’s given him confidence, and it’s enabled us to have competition for places, and we’re really getting that now.

“We’ve got players coming back from injury, the likes of Jake Taylor and Max Melbourne, Cole Stockton is scoring goals, so that’s enabled us to have a better squad to choose from than we had many weeks ago.

“We’ve created really good openings for [Kieran] Phillips, if Stockton gets back into the team, hopefully they fall for him.

“He was unfortunate the Saturday before when he hit the post with a long ranger, if it was last season, it might’ve gone in for him, but for him to get that first goal of the season, his confidence will only be better.”


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