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INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Morecambe

The Boss looks ahead to tomorrow's clash

24 November 2023


INTERVIEW | Phil Parkinson ahead of Morecambe

The Boss looks ahead to tomorrow's clash

24 November 2023

Phil Parkinson targets a return to winning ways, as the Red Dragons prepare for the visit of Morecambe to the STōK Cae Ras tomorrow afternoon.

The Reds eleven game unbeaten run came to an end last Saturday, at the hands of Accrington Stanley in a 2-0 defeat.

It was a game that didn’t pass without controversy, with a penalty awarded in the 49th minute against Will Boyle which caused plenty of debate.

In his own words, they did not respond to the decision in the manner in which he’d hoped, but is confident that they will put in an accomplished performance come kick-off tomorrow.

He said: “When you get beat it’s good to get back out on the training ground and it’s been a decent week for us.

“It’s about not being too down about it [speaking about the defeat against Accrington] but also an acceptance that we need to do better in certain areas.

“We need to move on quickly and training has been a good, high standard and we’re looking forward to what will be a terrific game.”

The squad will be bolstered by the return of international duo, Jacob Mendy and James McClean who were both unavailable last time out.

It was a momentous occasion for both men, as the international break saw the end of an era for McClean and the start of a journey for Mendy.

The Irishman bid farewell to his career on the world stage as he made his 103rd and final Republic of Ireland appearance against New Zealand.

Mendy on the other hand, made his debut for The Gambia and played 90 minutes before being substituted in their World Cup Qualifier against Ivory Coast.

After a proud week for the Club, Parkinson paid tribute to both men on their achievements and added he is delighted to have them back.

He said: “I’m so pleased to have them both back for this weekend. Jacob played almost the full game, I watched the match, and I thought it was a good solid debut from him against a top African nation in Ivory Coast.

“Unfortunately for us, James got called up earlier than we expected but the main game for him was against New Zealand which was his farewell.

“It was an occasion for him and his family to say thank you for the support he’s had, but also for the fans to thank them for the incredible efforts he has shown over several years.

“It’s been good to have them in the group and they’re both ready if selected.”

Tomorrow’s opposition poses a different challenge, with change in the dugout after Derek Adams departed the club to re-join Ross County.

John McMahon and Ged Brannan will occupy the dugout for The Shrimps as they undergo their search for a new manager.

They currently sit in ninth place in Sky Bet League Two, with victory potentially sending them into the play-off places.

Despite the managerial vacancy, Parkinson added he does not expect to see wholesale changes in the Shrimps side.

He said: “I don’t expect it to be too different because it’s happened quite quickly and I’d imagine Morecambe will play with the same personnel that they have for most of this season.

“They aren’t a team that has a lot of possession as they have one of the lowest possession stats in the league but they are a decent counter-attacking side.

“We have looked at how teams have created opportunities against them and how they took them like Grimsby did.

“They are a good side with some good energy and I think it will be a good game with us both going head to head.”

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