Morecambe players will focus on themselves going into the final month of the season
Tunnel vision is the name of the game for Derek Adams as Morecambe enter the final seven games of the season.
The Shrimps head to Port Vale on Saturday, sitting fifth in League Two and only one point adrift of Tranmere Rovers who occupy the final automatic promotion spot.
While Morecambe continue to fly under the radar as pundits reveal their tips for promotion, Adams’ focus is on his players rather than second guessing how other teams will fare.
He said: “It becomes pointless looking at other teams and who they have left to play.
“Everyone likes to try and predict scorelines, that’s why the betting companies are among the world’s richest people!
“All we can do is look after ourselves and take it from there, that’s the attitude we have.”
Recent results in League Two would appear to back up Adams’ view.
The top two, Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town, have opened up a gap on the chasing sides after both picked up a win and a draw over Easter.
Those teams in pursuit have dropped points in matches where they might have been expected to pick up victories.
It means only four points separate Tranmere from Newport County AFC, who occupy the final play-off spot though Bradford City, in 12th, are only five points behind Newport.
As a result, plenty of teams have a lot to play for heading into the final month of the season.
Adams maintained: “I said it many months ago, I think it’s an extremely tight league and there is a lot of toing and froing still to go.
“We have got some really good games coming up to play and it’s really exciting being in the position we’re in.”
At this stage of the season, with the incentive of play-offs or promotion, it can be as much about players’ self-belief as their talent.
Morecambe’s players have shown their willingness to embrace the challenge ahead with a proven ability to score late goals and recover from deficits.
In the last month alone, they have fallen behind before recovering to take points against teams at either end of the table in Forest Green Rovers and Southend United.
“You definitely need desire and attitude because that takes you far,” Adams said.
“You need a bit of character but I still think we can’t get away from what we’ve been doing to be in the position we’re in.
“You still need that bit of craft and guile and we’ve shown that over the games we’ve had.
“They have done exceptionally well in games and they have got some tremendous character in the dressing room. That’s why we’re at where we’re at.”
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