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Gaffer happy to increase points tally in Papa John’s Trophy

20 September 2022


Gaffer happy to increase points tally in Papa John’s Trophy

20 September 2022

Derek Adams says he’s pleased to pick up more points in the Papa John’s Trophy Northern Group A.

Morecambe and Hartlepool United played out a competitive 0-0 draw after 90 minutes, before the Shrimps triumphed in the penalty shoot-out to take home the bonus point.

With four out of four spot kicks converted, courtesy of Jensen Weir, Cole Stockton, Ryan Cooney and Donald Love respectively, the gaffer was pleased to add more points to the Papa John’s Trophy board.

“Overall, we’re happy to get to four points in the section,” he said.

“Adam Smith made two very good saves in the penalty shoot-out, the penalties were very good in themselves.

“We probably should’ve scored in the game, we’ve had some good opportunities, their goalkeeper made a great save at the end, a double save.

“All the penalties were good, Cole’s was excellent into the top corner, Jensen Weir as well, Ryan Cooney and Donald Love, they were all very good penalties.”

Adams said changes could be expected in his pre-match press conference and went on to make nine in total to the team that started on Saturday’s victory over Forest Green Rovers.

The manager was pleased to give those players game time in what he believes could be described as difficult circumstances.

He added: “It’s difficult for them because they haven’t played for many weeks, and to come into competitive action against a team who’ve got a new manager, it’s always difficult.

“They have a new manager that’s watching here tonight, he was in the dressing room before the game, so we’re not surprised they gave us a game tonight.

“We had a very good, strong side, a lot of appearances in the football league, they just haven’t had much game time this season, and we’re delighted to get them match time today.”

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