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Adams credits players after beating the drop

1 May 2022

Derek Adams says his players have done very well to steer the Club to Sky Bet League One safety.

The final day of the 2021/22 campaign saw Sunderland AFC take away all three points from the Mazuma Stadium after Nathan Broadhead scores the only goal of the game on 10 minutes.

Results elsewhere however meant that Derek Adams’ men would remain a League One side next season after AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham respectively were relegated alongside Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers.

Since arriving back as Morecambe manager 13 games ago, Adams says his players have worked incredibly hard to get over the line.

“We had to pick up enough points between now and the end of the season,” he said.

“We’ve had a squad that has been bare going into it, and we’ve had to rely on a small number of players to get us over the line, and they’ve done it very well.

“I came here before and we were going out of the Football League and I think it was more difficult this time because I had less games to do it in, we only had 13 matches.

“We’re celebrating today that we’re staying in League One which is great, and I think that over the afternoon, it’s been a fantastic afternoon.

“It was a beautiful sunny day, everyone here was here to enjoy themselves, the end result has been perfect for us and that’s why everyone’s going to have a very good night tonight.”

Avoiding the drop means that Morecambe’s incredible record of never being relegated in its 102-year history remains intact, and the gaffer shared his joy for everyone associated with the football club.

He continued: “We gained promotion last season to get ourselves into this situation, it’s fantastic for the players, the supporters, the board of directors, the owners, to have another season.

“Financially it’s huge, we can all see that, the differences between League One and League Two, the venues you go to, the teams that you play against, is massive and you only have to look now Derby County coming down to League One.

“There’s a lot of big teams in this division, and Sunderland today narrowly beat us 1-0 over the game, and they’re pushing from a Play-Off position to try and get into the Championship.

“It’s enabled us to get to the 42-point mark and it’s more points than the other teams below us.

“Over the season, we’ve picked up enough points to keep ourselves in League One, and that’s where this football club wanted to be.”


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