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Boro test will benefit the team says Taylor

19 July 2022

Midfielder Jake Taylor says Tuesday night’s pre-season friendly against Middlesbrough will benefit the Shrimps come the start of the season.

Chris Wilder’s side ran out three-nil winners at the Mazuma Stadium after a clinical first-half by the Championship side, but Taylor sees the result that the side can turn into a positive come the start of the season. 

He said: “It was a good workout for us in very difficult conditions but it was a decent test for us against a good side who were in and around the Play-Off positions last season. 

“We have played different teams with different styles of play over pre-season, they are a very good side and it presented us with a different challenge to Saturday, but one I thought we dealt with, especially in the second-half. 

“Hopefully that will benefit us come the start of the season, we will come up against possession-based sides throughout the season, those that are very good on the ball, so to have that test was a good test.” 

The 23-year-old is one of Derek Adams’ new recruits this campaign, and the midfielder says his time at Morecambe is a fresh start after a difficult season at Port Vale. 

“Pre-season has been really good, tough, but it has been nice to get a few games under my belt since I joined the Club, it is just about building up my fitness and connections with the players now. 

“I didn’t know any of the players that were here, so it is a completely fresh start for me, they are all good lads, they have welcomed me into the group and it has been a good start. 

“It was a difficult season for me last season with multiple injuries, hopefully I can get through pre-season unscathed and that will certainly help me over the course of the season.” 

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