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Gaffer: Morecambe will keep fighting until the end

5 April 2018

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Manager Gary Johnson expects a stern test from Morecambe when the two sides meet in Sky Bet League Two at the LCI Rail Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Lancashire side have only suffered one defeat in their last nine games – but only two wins in that sequence mean they are still looking over their shoulder.

β€œThey've had some half decent results and have only lost to some of the big teams and they have all been very close, so we know we have a game on our hands," said Johnson.

β€œI am sure Jim Bentley won't give up until the last day and we have to be the same. He has a team who want to keep going and they certainly haven't given up on anything, so it will be a competitive game.”

Johnson has also reiterated his belief that he only wants players with the right character and attitude in his squad next season.

He added: β€œWe have the belts like everybody else and we see the people who can do all the running, play 40 odd games in a season and still get their 12km in.

β€œWe also do stats on how many passes they make, completing or giving away. It's not use working hard, getting on the ball and giving it away.

β€œSo we are getting all our stats from Tim Bell and it's brilliant to see. You see what you see with your eye on the day and you can tell if people are right up for it or not. But from the stats you can tell how effectively they've been, with passing, shots, tackles, headers and all that sort of stuff, which gives me a good picture for the people we can take into next season.

β€œI am getting clues about the players all the time. We are asking them what extra they would have if we were in a play-off situation right now.”

β€œWe have to be that team that shows that little bit extra. If it was in a play-off situation where you either go to the final or you are out, I have to see people who can cope and produce and affect the game against that sort of pressure.”


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