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Adams pleased with Shrimps’ performance

5 March 2022

Shrimps manager Derek Adams says he was pleased with how his Morecambe side performed against Plymouth Argyle.

Conor Grant opened the scoring on 14 minutes with his seventh of the season before Ryan Hardie doubled Argyle’s advantage two minutes before the half-time break.

Despite defeat, the Shrimps carved out a number of big chances and managed to test Pilgrims’ stopper Michael Cooper on multiple occasions, and Adams says he’s encouraged with his side’s display.

“I thought we played very well today,” he said.

“Plymouth had the same number of shots on target as us today, [and] had the same number of shots off target today.

“The two goals we gave away were poor defensively from us, a cross into the box we should’ve dealt better with at the back post, and there was a free header in the box.

“Other than that, you look at our goalkeeper today who wasn’t troubled, Michael Cooper was troubled more than our goalkeeper, from our point of view, it was a really positive performance.

“We probably should’ve scored in the first half and in the second half, we had better opportunities than Plymouth Argyle today.”

Adams was forced into a number of changes before the game following illness in the camp, and the Scotsman was quick to praise the players that came and did a job.

He added: “We lost five players yesterday through illness, it was going through the camp, we had to change one just before kick-off as well.

“We were down to the bare minimum going into the game, but that didn’t stop us having a really good performance.

“We missed Toumani Diagouraga,, we missed Aaron Wildig today through illness, Greg Leigh through illness as well, we’ll have to assess them before Tuesday and hopefully they’re back fit.”

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