Morecambe manager clarifies emergency loanee's appearance against Exeter City

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Morecambe boss Derek Adams has shed light on the circumstances surrounding Jokull Andresson’s appearance for the club at Exeter City in midweek.

The Reading keeper had joined the Shrimps on a seven-day emergency loan last Friday with the club’s only senior keeper, Mark Halstead, unavailable.

Andresson then kept his place for Tuesday’s win at Exeter despite Morecambe having announced the signing of Kyle Letheren that afternoon.

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It led some to question why an emergency loanee had played when the Shrimps possessed a senior keeper on their books in Letheren.

Jokull Andresson impressed in his two loan outings for MorecambeJokull Andresson impressed in his two loan outings for Morecambe
Jokull Andresson impressed in his two loan outings for Morecambe

Adams said: “Jokull was on a seven-day emergency loan, so he had to play the (Exeter) game. Yes, we had taken in Kyle Letheren but because of the nature of Jokull’s loan, he had to start.

“We spoke to the EFL before and we clarified the ruling which said we couldn’t start Kyle, we had to start Jokull.”

Andresson may have only played two games for the Shrimps but he left with the same number of wins and as many clean sheets.

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The win at Exeter lifted Adams’ players into third place in League Two, just past the midway point of the season.

Adam Phillips’ first-half penalty and Cole Stockton’s strike midway through the second period made it seven wins and a draw from Morecambe’s last 10 league matches.

Testament to their performance was the fact Exeter changed their formation with only quarter of the game having been played.

Adams said: “It’s always a difficult place to go to, and to get the win and the manner of it – as well as the way we played – was excellent.

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“It couldn’t have gone much better. They were well-worked goals.

“We started the game very well. We knew Exeter would play 3-5-2 but we pressured them from the start.

“That (Exeter’s change of formation) was the only way they were going to get back into the game.

“They did that and we had to find other solutions, and to be fair to our players, they did that.

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“To be on 41 points at this stage is a terrific return – and we possibly could have more – but we’re looking forward to the second half of the season.”

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