Morecambe manager warns of tough test ahead against Stevenage

Morecambe boss Derek Adams is not taking any notice of the league table as they aim to continue their promising start to the season.

Friday, 13th November 2020, 8:00 am

The Shrimps welcome Stevenage to the Mazuma Stadium tomorrow, sitting ninth in League Two after the first quarter of the campaign and on the back of FA Cup victory against Maldon and Tiptree.

In contrast, tomorrow’s visitors are fourth-bottom and with only one victory in their first 11 league matches.

While they have failed to fire in attack with six goals so far, they have only conceded 11 in the same period.

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Morecambe go into tomorrow's game on the back of FA Cup success at Maldon and Tiptree Picture: Getty Images

On paper then, it points to a home win but Adams is wary of Stevenage’s capabilities.

“They have got a very good shape to their team,” he said.

“They have experience throughout and have recruited a good number of players in the summer.

“I think it’s going to be another tough game.

“They have come off an FA Cup win as well (against Concord Rangers) and, last year, both teams were at the bottom of the table and will want to improve this season.”

As Adams outlined, last season saw Morecambe third-bottom of the table and Stevenage bottom when the campaign was curtailed.

This time around, the Shrimps are two points off a play-off place with 17 points – a tally they didn’t muster until the 22nd game of last season.

However, they will be without the self-isolating Alex Kenyon and Liam McAlinden, while A-Jay Leitch-Smith and Liam Gibson are out injured and Stephen Hendrie remains a doubt.

“They should be back with us next week,” Adams said of Kenyon and McAlinden.

“They might be back for the Manchester United EFL Trophy game on Wednesday but they probably won’t be fit for that because of the time they’ve had out.”

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