Morecambe manager's message to his squad ahead of Leyton Orient trip

Derek Adams has called on his Morecambe players to grasp the opportunity facing them when they return to league action tomorrow.

By Gavin Browne
Friday, 15th January 2021, 8:00 am

The Shrimps head to Leyton Orient in League Two, a week after performing creditably in losing 4-0 to a very strong Chelsea side in their FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.

No more knockout games this season allows Morecambe to focus fully on their league campaign, which resumes after a three-week break as a result of cup duty and positive Covid-19 tests.

They go into Saturday’s match eighth in League Two, out of the play-off spots on goal difference but with games in hand on all the sides above them bar second-placed Newport County AFC.

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It's back to the league now for Morecambe boss Derek Adams and his players

Orient are ninth in the table, one point behind the Shrimps, but the two teams have relatively recent experience of facing each other.

They only met four-and-a-half weeks ago at the Mazuma Stadium, where Morecambe ran out 2-1 winners.

“We’ve missed a couple of league games but we’re still in a good position,” Adams said.

“We’ve got games in hand and the league is very tight so everything’s to play for.

“Leyton Orient have done very well at home this year.

“It’s always difficult going there. They have a good stadium, an excellent squad and they have started the season very well. However, we beat them at our place earlier in the season and we have to remember that.”

Sam Lavelle, who scored the opener for Morecambe against Orient last month, is available again having missed the Chelsea game after testing positive for Covid-19.

Jake Turner’s recall by Newcastle United means that Andre Da Silva Mendes will be on the bench as the back-up keeper to Mark Halstead.

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