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Morecambe look to get back to home comforts against Bristol Rovers

Morecambe will be looking to bounce back from their heavy midweek defeat as Bristol Rovers visit the Mazuma Stadium in League One this weekend.

The Shrimps have won their last three home games and are unbeaten in seven on home soil going into the contest, having suffered a 4-0 loss at promotion chasing Ipswich Town on Tuesday night to remain inside the division’s bottom four.

There’s full commentary of the game on Shrimps Live, on 103.5FM, 107.5FM and DAB+ across North Lancashire and South Cumbria from 2:45pm tomorrow (Saturday January 28).

‘’Ipswich are a very good side, they got a break at the start of the game (to score), and it was an uphill task after that. But we managed to get some players some game time after not playing for two weeks,’’ said manager Derek Adams.

‘’They lost on the Saturday and needed to win to close the gap to the automatics. We were unfortunate to be the side to come up against them.

‘’The league table now is very close. We have 20 games to go and we’re in touching distance with a number of teams above us.

‘’What we need to do is to focus on the teams around us and gather as many points as possible from them.’’

The Shrimps held Rovers to a 1-1 draw away from home earlier in the season, and currently sit 11th in League One, four points outside the play off positions.

‘’They’re a great club with an excellent fan base. Joey Barton has done an excellent job.

‘’Our supporters have a massive part to play, getting behind our players and on top of the opposition and the referee, and give us every advantage we can get.

The transfer window closes next week, and Adams says they’re looking to do some more business before the deadline, after Shane McLoughlin became the latest player to leave the club this week.

‘’We have to take things game by game, look at the performance levels in training and in games, and we now have competition for places,’’ he said.

‘’We have scope to get two more in, but it’s too to be very difficult (to do what we want to do) in the current market. We do have targets, but they’re also bigger club than ourselves out there.’’

Jake Taylor, Max Melbourne and Courtney Duffus all remain absent from the squad, with Adams also revealing that one of the side who started the game on Tuesday is also a doubt after picking up a knock.

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