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Adams: The Game Probably Was A Fair Draw

11 February 2023

Shrimps' boss Derek Adams says Saturday's 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers was a fair result for both teams.

It took until the 80th minute for the deadlock to be broken, and it was the visitors who scored first through Jahmari Clarke's back post header.

Cole Stockton, who had a goal ruled out for offside on the hour mark, latched onto Michael Mellon's assist and netted an 89th minute equaliser.

Morecambe nearly won it with two big chances in injury time courtesy of Jensen Weir and Mellon, though Adams believes the draw was the fair outcome.

"I think the game probably was a fair draw for both sides, I don’t think either side created enough good opportunities in the game," he said.

“When a new manager comes in, he sets his stall out, and that’s what Forest Green did today.

"They denied space, they left no space for us to play; We had the ball, we had a lot of possession, but we just couldn’t find the space in behind.

"At times, in the season, you have to do that because the opposition, as Forest Green probably thought about us, we’re on a very good run at home, we’ve been unbeaten for a long period of time.

“We’ve done well to come away with a point because we were in a losing position at 81 minutes."

Morecambe's unbeaten run at the Mazuma Stadium extends to nine games, having last tasted defeat against Ipswich Town on 8 October.

The gaffer was quick to compliment his players for their application and resilience.

Adams added: “Credit to the players, they just keep on going.

"They’re a young, young squad, they’ve got a lot to learn and we’re trying to give them that.

"It can be frustrating at times because they come from the academy systems and they don’t learn everything there is to play in League One and League Two; We’re trying to give them that.

“[It's] another unbeaten game at home, it stretches our run to nine games and I thought the players showed some great character."

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