Morecambe manager warns Grimsby Town shouldn't be taken for granted

Morecambe make the trip to Grimsby Town tonight with manager Derek Adams cautioning against underestimating their opponents.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 8:00 am

The Shrimps travel to Blundell Park (7pm) for a match featuring two teams in need of three points for different reasons.

In Morecambe’s case, victory keeps them well in the hunt for automatic promotion.

As for their hosts, Grimsby are bottom of the table and seven points from safety with only five matches remaining.

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Although the Mariners go into the game on the back of one defeat in 10, seven of those have been draws.

However, they provided yet another surprise result in League Two last weekend with a win against third-placed Bolton Wanderers.

Adams said: “At this stage of the season, they are all extremely difficult games.

“Grimsby have come off a fabulous win against Bolton, one of the teams in the automatic promotion places.

“Grimsby are fighting to stay in the Football League and it’s a game we go into where we know the strengths of Grimsby but we know the strengths of ourselves.”

Wins at the Mazuma Stadium in the last week mean Morecambe now have the best home record in League Two this season, while they also have the seventh best return on their travels.

Grimsby have the second-worst tally at home and away so, to outsiders, it may seem a straightforward night’s work for Morecambe, who will assess John O’Sullivan after he sustained a hamstring injury in the weekend win against Oldham Athletic.

However, Adams said: “You look at (second-bottom) Southend United, they drew against (eighth-placed) Exeter City,

“It’s so difficult at this stage of the season, everyone is fighting for something if they’re at the bottom, looking to get in the play-offs or automatic promotion, players fighting for contracts.

“We’re in a very good position, we just have to keep on going. We’re in a situation where we have to keep picking up wins, and wherever that takes us, it takes us.

“If we did, then we will be in a much better position than we are today.

“We know there are four games to go and the points total we need to get to.”

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