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Adams: We Gave It A Good Go

22 November 2022

Derek Adams admits there were pleasing aspects of his side's performance, despite losing out in the penalty shootout defeat to Lincoln City in the Papa Johns Trophy.

The Shrimps were knocked out of the competition thanks to the lottery of a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw at the LNER Stadium, in which Cole Stockton grabbed his elusive first goal of the season.

"I thought it was a good game of football, particularly given both teams played on Saturday," he said.

"This is the first time this season that we have lost a penalty shootout, and I think we were unfortunate to do so, as Adam Smith guessed two penalties correctly, but they went under him. We made a number of changes to the team, and I think the ones that came in did well, and got some important game-time.

"Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for us to take. Max Melbourne came back into the team with his first start in a number of weeks, and of course Cole Stockton got on the scoresheet, which was really pleasing.

"It was of course a match we would have liked to have won, but we ended up losing on penalties which is the way it goes sometimes, but I think we gave it a good go and threatened well."

Reflecting on Cole Stockton's goal, which was his first of the season, Adams was pleased to see the striker finally get off the mark.

"It's really important for Cole and for us," he said.

"You want your best players to score goals and for him to get off the mark was pleasing. He was really unfortunate to not score on Saturday when he hit the post, and we're hoping this goal will spur him on to get some more goals in the second half of the season.

"We've got the likes of Kieran Phillips and Jensen Weir who have scored a number of times this season, and now Cole is off the mark and ready to push on."

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