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28 August 2012

Micky warns, it's early days yet

Micky Adams has been pleased with what he has seen so far, three games into the season, but knows there will be more difficult tests to come in the coming weeks.

He said: “You want to play open, attacking football and I thought we did that at Accrington and really should have won the game on the amount of chances we created and the number of times we worked their goalkeeper.

“On Saturday it was a different game. It was a battling performance and you are going to need different qualities.  You have got to be resilient and I thought we were on Saturday, particularly defensively.

“We restricted Morecambe to very few chances and certainly I can’t remember my goalkeeper making a save, so we have got to be delighted with that.

The defensive partnership of Clayton McDonald and John McCombe has been much talked about with the supporters, but the manager is a little more cautious and says he wants Clayton to improve in certain areas..

“In many respects Clayton has been lucky to get his chance because at the beginning of the season I had Davis Artell there and I felt that David Artell and John McCombe were going to be a decent partnership.

“Gareth Owen got injured, young Joe Davis came in and had a bit of a sticky patch, which youngsters can have, and Clayton was down the pecking order, but he has come in and done reasonably well, but I feel there are certain aspects of his game he can improve on.

“I certainly want to see his fitness levels improve further and I think he can do something with his weight as well. He has done okay but there are still things there to be thinking about.

“I felt that last season we didn’t quite get it right at times and I wanted to get more bodies in that area. It was a massive blow when David Artell left but at the moment I am reasonably satisfied with the defending.

“There are some odd results at the moment in the league – maybe ours was at Morecambe, I don’t know, but we’ll be tested and the squad will be tested in the coming weeks.

“We’ve got some decent games coming up – we have got three home games now and I think it is important we pick up points in the two League matches, and we want to progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as well. We will treat that with the respect it deserves by putting out a strong team.


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