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Adams: The Performance Level Was Excellent

26 December 2022

Derek Adams says he was pleased with his players' performance against Port Vale on Boxing Day.

The only goal of the game five minutes before half-time when Gavin Massey struck from distance.

Morecambe weren't without chances of their own, most notably a Max Melbourne header which crashed back off the post just 20 seconds before the hosts broke the deadlock.

Several chances courtesy of Jensen Weir and Adam Mayor respectively came to nothing, though the gaffer was happy with the level of performance on display from the Shrimps.

“There was a number of very strong performances in the team, I thought the 11 were very good today," he said.

“Mayor was excellent, Gibson, Shaw in the middle of the park with Weir and Mayor just off of him, and then Max Melbourne and [Donald] Love in the wing-back areas with the back three were really good today.

“The performance level was excellent.

“We should’ve gone ahead in the game, we hit the post with Max Melbourne and just quickly after that, they go up the pitch and score unfortunately for us.

“Over the afternoon, I was delighted with the way we played, the way we competed with Port Vale and coming away from home, I thought the players put in a magnificent effort today."

The Shrimps carved out eight chances throughout the match, and came close on a number of occassions, and the gaffer felt his side were unlucky to leave Vale Park empty handed.

“We haven’t had many breaks this season so far, that was an instance when Max hits the post, they quickly go up the park and get a goal on the counter-attack.

“That was fortunate for them for that because, from my point of view, they [Port Vale] didn’t really create much in the game, and we created some really good opportunities.

“We’re unfortunate not to have drawn the game, never mind win the game."

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