Derek Adams has expressed delight at how his Morecambe squad are progressing since the 2022/23 season began.
The gaffer says the progress his team are making in all competitions this season is pleasing to see.
As well as beating two Sky Bet Championship opponents in Stoke City and Rotherham United respectively, Morecambe claimed maximum points in their previous League One outing – away at Forest Green Rovers last Saturday.
Despite facing a number of tricky tests in the league so far, including the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, Adams is happy with the progression he is seeing.
“We’re delighted with the progress we are making,” he said.
“We’ve played a lot of difficult games this season, we’ve played a number of Championship teams in Stoke City and Rotherham and been able to win these games in the League Cup to progress.
“In the league, we’ve played a top team in Sheffield Wednesday here which is always difficult, and we’ve been away in tough fixtures.
“We understand we’ve got to cut the points between ourselves and the ones above us, we’re only five points off 10th position, so it’s an extremely tough and tight league.
“We’ve been unfortunate a number of times this season not to have won games, we’ve come close a number of times; Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood Town, they’re the two fixtures we feel we probably could’ve won.
“The rest of the games have been very tough, but that’s the division we’re in.”
Cambridge United make the trip north to the Mazuma Stadium on Saturday, with Mark Bonner’s men currently sitting ninth in the League One table.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash, the gaffer believes there are similarities between the Shrimps and the U’s.
He continued: “They’re the same as ourselves, we got up to League One at the same time and have been able to stay in the division last year.
“Like us, they’re trying to fight to stay there this year.
“It [a home win] would be nice, we’ve obviously won two away from home this season, in the League Cup and away to Forest Green in the league.
“To get a home victory would be nice, we’re probably due it with the performances we’ve had, we’ve been unfortunate not to have been able to get those three points.
“It’s that balancing act, and it is difficult to win games in this division, but if you can, the points total, the three points is hugely beneficial to you.
“We’ve been trying our hardest but, in the end, sometimes a draw can be good at the end of the day, it depends on circumstances in the game, we’ve been able to pick up some good draws.”