Morecambe boss turns his attention back to League Two after FA Cup exit at Chelsea

Morecambe boss Derek Adams says his aim is now firmly set on maintaining the Shrimps’ impressive League Two form after their FA Cup run came to an end with third round defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 8:00 am

Adams had been named as the division’s manager of the month for December last week thanks to his side’s impressive form over the Christmas period – albeit before the games against Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City were postponed because of Covid-19 cases in the Shrimps’ ranks.

That meant Adams’ players had to miss 10 days of training before the Chelsea game but now they are back up and running with their sights set on Leyton Orient this weekend.

Adams said: “The FA Cup run was great for the club and great experience for the players.

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Carlos Mendes-Gomes battles for possession with Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech Picture: Getty Images

“Now that is over, we are setting our sights on the league campaign and looking to start the new year as well as we ended the last one.

“We have 26 games to go in the league now and there is a lot to play for.

“We are in a good position and we were playing well until the self-isolation period – and we want to hit the ground running this weekend because we have a lot of games coming up over the next few weeks and we want to keep the momentum going.”

With the transfer window now open, Adams has already added one newcomer to the ranks with Brad Lyons joining from Blackburn Rovers and he isn’t ruling out further signings.

He said: “We will have a look around and see what players are available.

“We won’t just take anyone though, we have a squad of players here that are doing well and we only want to strengthen that squad where we can and bring in players that will make a difference.”

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