Morecambe manager's delight after victory against Harrogate Town

Derek Adams hailed Morecambe’s display following his side’s 1-0 win against Harrogate Town.

Saturday, 12th December 2020, 6:02 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th December 2020, 6:08 pm

Aaron Wildig’s second-half header gave the Shrimps three points and a fourth consecutive home win.

It was also a third clean sheet in four at the Mazuma Stadium and lifted Adams’ players into 10th place in League Two, just outside the top seven.

The win could have been greater but for missed chances, notably from Cole Stockton and Carlos Mendes-Gomes, while Wildig also had two decent opportunities in the first half.

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“It’s probably one of our best performances at home this season,” Adams said.

“We played ever so well, the amount of chances we created was high and we probably could have won by a greater margin.

“Cole Stockton, Carlos Mendes-Gomes and Aaron Wildig could have scored two or three each with the amount of chances we had.

“One-nil is a scoreline we will take. It’s three points but we could have added to it and it would have helped our goal difference a lot.”

Victory was secured by what is becoming a typical Morecambe goal; one of the midfielders bursting into the box and scoring.

On this occasion, Wildig got between two defenders to convert Adam Phillips’ excellent cross for his fifth goal of the season.

“It’s a great ball into the box from Adam,” the manager said.

“As we ask Aaron to do, he gets in the hole between defence and midfield and got in a very good header. They are getting in good positions and that’s the pleasing thing.”

Morecambe’s inability to take their chances always gave Harrogate hope of snatching a point.

However, they largely failed to test Mark Halstead despite some bright attacking play, most notably from Brendan Kiernan.

Adams said: “In any game, when you don’t get that second or third goal, there’s always an opportunity for the opposition.

“As you can see from the stats, Mark hasn’t had a save to make in the game and we’ve had umpteen opportunities to win by a greater margin.”

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