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Adams: Lancashire Derbies Always Good Games

29 December 2022


Adams: Lancashire Derbies Always Good Games

29 December 2022

Ahead of Accrington Stanley’s visit on Thursday evening, Derek Adams says games between the two sides are always good ones.

Following Boxing Day defeat to Port Vale, Morecambe return to the Mazuma Stadium for the first time in 27 days when John Coleman’s men make the short journey on Thursday.

The gaffer admits the side always look forward to playing at home, and believes it’ll be a good atmosphere for the derby.

“They’re always good games and the supporters look forward to it,” he said.

“It’s a derby match, a night-time game, that’s going to draw in a big crowd and the atmosphere will be very good.

“We’re always looking forward to being at home, we’ve had a tough schedule away from home, obviously away to Plymouth Argyle and then Port Vale.

“Now we’ve got three home games, teams that are round about us in the table, so we’re really looking forward to that.”

Reflecting on the first half of the campaign, Adams says it’s been a season so far of fine margins, and believes his side need to be more clinical when presented with chances.

“It’s difficult for us at times,” the gaffer added.

“We’ve been in a lot of games this season, we haven’t been able to take advantage of the lead we’ve had in games, or we’ve been pegged back in games.

“On Saturday, we hit the post and then 30 seconds later, they score, that’s something that has been happening to us.

“I can’t ask for any more of the players from a point of view of effort, we probably have to be better at taking chances when they come along.”

With being in the middle of the busiest period in the season, the manager gave an injury update on his squad.

“We’ve got a couple who are struggling at this moment in time,” he said.

“[Jake] Taylor is out injured, he’s going to be out between four and five weeks due to a thigh injury.

“[Ash] Hunter and [Courtney] Duffus are working their way back, but not in contention yet, we’ve just got a couple of niggles from the game the other day.”

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