Morecambe boss will use his previous experiences going into Chelsea FA Cup trip

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Derek Adams will call on Morecambe to invoke the spirit of Ross County’s 2010 giantkilling at Celtic in Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Chelsea.

The Shrimps’ boss steered Ross County into the 2010 Scottish Cup final, shocking Celtic 2-0 at Hampden Park in a major last-four upset.

Fast forward to January 2017 and Adams took Plymouth Argyle to Liverpool, earning a goalless draw against the youngest starting XI in the Reds’ history at that point; albeit one that still featured Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Lucas, Emre Can and Divock Origi.

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Adams admitted he will use his past cup triumphs to inspire his players for Sunday’s third round clash at Stamford Bridge.

Derek Adams took Ross County to the Scottish Cup final in 2010  Picture: Getty ImagesDerek Adams took Ross County to the Scottish Cup final in 2010  Picture: Getty Images
Derek Adams took Ross County to the Scottish Cup final in 2010 Picture: Getty Images

“I think experiences like that are very helpful: going into the game you understand the game that's in front of you, you understand the opposition,” he told the Press Association.

“The experiences I’ve had in the past, you always draw on, because you go back and you think how did you deal with this situation, and there’s no doubt that I’ll do that for this game.

“So we’ll speak about that collectively. In the past I’ve had to go to Hampden and play against Celtic when I was in the first division with Ross County.

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“We beat them 2-0 on the day in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup to reach the final.

“We went to Anfield with Plymouth Argyle and drew 0-0 with Jurgen Klopp’s team too.

“So what we do is we try and have it as relaxed as possible, I think that’s important.

“They’ll all be really excited to go to Stamford Bridge and play.

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“So on the day they have to stick to the gameplan, and then they will obviously get opportunities in the game.

“It’s when those opportunities come along, it’s how clinical can they be in front of goal?

“You’ve got to understand the opposition. They are talented, they have spent a great deal of money in taking in the players they have but our players have to appreciate the skill that they do have.

“On the day, you always cause the opposition a problem, they will certainly cause us a problem.

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“But it’s when we cause them the problems on the day, how good are we at getting into these situations?”

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