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Adams encouraged by fight of his players

21 October 2022

Derek Adams says the togetherness and fight within the Shrimps ranks will bode well as the season progresses.

With Michael Duff's Barnsley the visitors to Morecambe on Saturday, the gaffer believes his side must concern themselves with teams around them in the table, whilst looking to surprise a few higher up in the division.

Given the togetherness and fight the Shrimps have shown so far this season, it would come as no surprise to Adams to see the team starting to pick up points sooner rather than later.

"What we are doing is fighting," he said.

"We've got a group of players who are very together, we've got some talented players in the group, we've taken a number of loan players as well. 

"I think, at some stage, this group of players will kick on.

"Over the years, these clubs have been in the Championship, you only have to look how many have been in the Championship that are in League One, a number have been in the Premier League as well.

"What I would say is, we're fighting against a group of teams down the bottom of the table and we can't concern ourselves with the teams at the top.

"We're going to have to shock a few some times this season.

"There'll come a time where it all clicks together.

"We've got to go up against them [Barnsley] and try and get the better of them."

Since arriving at the Club, striker Kieran Phillips has netted three times, and his performances have impressed the manager, especially considering the number of forward players ruled out by injuries and suspension.

He added:"We have missed some of our players who can be creative and open doors, the likes of Caleb Watts and [Ash] Hunter who we've missed for large periods.

"We've missed [Cole] Stockton for six games of the season, [Jon] Obika's been away for the last three, [Arthur] Gnahoua's missed the last three, we've got [Jake] Taylor who's out, they're all players in that forward area.

"We've taken in the loan players, including Kieran Phillips who I think has been fantastic for us.

"He could've scored a lot more goals for us since he's been here, but the one thing he has done, he's got into positions to score goals.

"That's probably the hardest thing to do, is to get in the positions.

"A lot of strikers don't have that capability, but he certainly has."

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