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Adams: Leadership Within Squad Is Really Important

10 March 2023

With 11 games of the season to go, Derek Adams has emphasised the importance of having leaders within the squad.

The Shrimps face Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday in what is the first of six remaining away games of the 2022/23 campaign.

With five left to play at the Mazuma, the Gaffer has noted just how significant team leaders can be, particularly in a young squad.

“It’s really important, I think we’ve got one of the youngest squads in the division,” he said.

“That’s when the experienced players like Farrend Rawson and Connor Ripley come into play because they understand the pressures that there are.

“We’ve got a Club captain in Donald Love who’s vastly experienced, he’s played with the likes of Manchester United and Sunderland, which can help from that point of view as well.”

Within the final seven games of the 2021/22 season , Adams guided the Shrimps to key victories against the likes of Burton Albion, Oxford United and Charlton Athletic.

Ahead of his side’s visit to Shropshire, the Gaffer explained the challenges of facing The Shrews, and reiterated how big wins can be for the Club at this stage of the campaign.

He added: “They don’t become any easier in this division, we understand that.

“There’s a gulf between both clubs on and off the field, we’ll just do as well as we can to compete, we’ll look to try and get the win and get those three points.

“Wins are huge, they’re the three points you need because they propel you up the league very quickly.

“We just need to go and get those wins again to enable us to get into a position where safety does happen.”

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