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Adams hails team's fighting spirit

11 March 2022

Derek Adams has hailed the fighting spirit of his players since returning as Shrimps boss.

In the first three games since arriving back at the Mazuma Stadium, Adams has seen his side pick-up two draws against Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively and lose against an in-form Plymouth Argyle.

Those performances have left an impression on the gaffer, who says the team have been unlucky not to come away with wins.

“I’ve obviously been in for three games now, we’ve had two draws and a defeat,” he said.

“From the squad, we tried to change it about a bit and what I’ve seen from the ones that have played, they’ve had that fighting spirit.

“They’ve had to show that in the last three games they’ve played in, and come Tuesday night against Bolton Wanderers, they did that in abundance, and were unfortunate not to have taken the maximum points.

“I thought they started the game well Bolton Wanderers, 15/20 minutes, but other than that, they passed the ball in areas where we were quite happy for them to have the ball and they didn’t really break us down.

“We had a number of good counter attacks where we could’ve gone further ahead, we had a stonewall penalty not given at 0-1, and there was another few decisions in the game that didn’t go our way.”

The Shrimps did the double over Michael Duff’s men last season, with a 2-1 away win on opening day, before a 1-0 win at the Mazuma Stadium in late March.

Adams will be hoping to repeat last season’s feat on Saturday after saying they’ve had a strong campaign to-date.

He added: “Cheltenham have done really well this season.

“[They were] promoted with us last year and they’ve been able to pick up some really good points, they’re nearly safe now and we’ve got to try and win this game to try and leapfrog the teams above us.

“There’s still clubs below us that are involved in the fight to get out the relegation zone, there might be one more club that comes into it, that might be highly unlikely.

“There are still a few clubs that can get to safety.”  


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