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Ripley reflects on derby day defeat

1 October 2022

Connor Ripley says Morecambe need to be ‘horrible to play against’ after this afternoon’s defeat against Accrington Stanley.

Following an evenly contested first-half, the sides headed into the break level, but the hosts had a man advantage after Arthur Gnahoua was sent off moments before half time.

Stanley broke the deadlock on 58 minutes through Liam Coyle before a Morecambe equaliser was gifted through a Ryan Astley own goal 19 minutes later, though John Coleman’s men wrapped up the points with two quick fire goals from Ethan Hamilton and Tommy Leigh respectively in the final 10 minutes.

Club captain Ripley was pleased with his side’s willingness to find an equaliser despite being a man down, but admits the Shrimps must become difficult to play against.

“It shows when we were up against it, we’re still battling to get back into the game, and we did,” he said.

“We’ve got Ipswich at home [next week] and I was saying to the boys in there, dust yourselves off, it is done, it’s done, we can’t change the outcome, when Ipswich come to the Mazuma, we have to be brutal.

“We have to be horrible to play against, people can take it however they want but I know what I’m going to do to win a game of football.

“It’s up to them now, it’s up to the boys out on the pitch to be as nasty and horrible to win a game.”

With more tough tests on the horizon, starting with the visit of Ipswich Town next weekend, our number one says it’s time for the team to step forward and put things right.

“Look where we are in the table, we need those players to roll their socks up now and be accounted for, everyone in this team needs to be accounted for,” he added.

 “I say we should’ve had a few more wins, we probably shouldn’t have lost as many, but we’re in this situation for a reason.

“I for one am up for the challenge, and I believe the majority of people in there [the dressing room] are up for the challenge.

“I’m not worried, we’re 11 games in, there’s plenty of points to play for and we’ll go from there.”

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