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Adams: We’ve Got Great Confidence

24 January 2023

Derek Adams admits confidence is high within the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s visit to Ipswich Town.

The Shrimps have won all of their last three games, against Accrington Stanley, Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town respectively, scoring nine and conceding just once.

With that in mind, and despite not playing in 18 days due to two postponements on the bounce, the gaffer admits the faith and belief remains high.

“We have to look at it in a different way tomorrow night [compared to the reverse fixture], we’re going to a different venue, but we’ve got great confidence because we’ve won three games on the trot,” Adams said.

“We’ve scored goals, we can open up defences when given that opportunity, we’ve got players to do that, we’ve got players on the bench now that come off the bench and score goals and create openings as well.

“The beauty of going there is that, with Ipswich, we all know the pressure that they’re under to get out of the division, and we are going there trying to get the win that would move us further up the league.”

Morecambe’s last two Sky Bet League One fixtures were called off for different reasons; An away trip to Cambridge United on 14 January was waved off due to structural damage in one of the stands whereas last Saturday’s visit of Port Vale fell victim to a frozen pitch.

While Adams admits it’s frustrating to miss out on playing football matches, the squad have been productive on the training pitch.

He added: “We’ve had to train during those couple of weeks after coming off the three wins we’ve had in recent times, we’re just looking forward now to our game on Tuesday night.

“It’s given us an opportunity to train, it’s given the players who’ve come in during the transfer window an opportunity to get to know the other players, get to know me, get to know the training regime, and it’s also got some of the injured players who’ve been out for a while some extra training.

“They [new signings] have settled in well, I think it’s always difficult for a new player to come into a different environment, what I tend to do is give them the opportunity to get to know the players, get to know the staff, the playing squad, the environment they’re coming into.

“It’s always different, every club you go to, things are different; where you train, where you change, where you eat and I think they’ve all come in and I’m delighted how they’re progressing.”

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