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An update from Neil Cox ahead of Morecambe away

12 April 2021

First team manager Neil Cox is looking for a repeat of the effort and performance showing in Saturday’s goalless draw at home to high-flying Tranmere and has challenged his side to show extra cutting edge in the final third.

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13 April 2021

United were equal to their opponents at the weekend, who started the game in third, and registered their third straight clean sheet at home for the first time since November 2017, which has emphasised their defensive resolve of late.

Contrastingly haven’t found the back of the net in their last three matches for the first time in two years with Cox looking for that extra bit of finesse in the final third.

Speaking to iFollow Iron, Cox looked ahead to the clash at the Mazuma Stadium: “We’re looking forward to the game. Obviously, Morecambe are a good side and we had a good game against them at home earlier in the season.

“They need to win games. They’re pushing to get automatic promotion from the play-offs and we’re looking to get three points. We had a good performance on Saturday, we had a really good go and we’re looking for the same again.

“We have to be better in possession which we did at times on Saturday, we need to be better in the final third and we have to create chances. We’ve got ourselves organised defensively, it’s about having that bravery going forward and having that bit of quality with the final passes.

“We’ll be raring to go and looking to take some of the positivity into the game from the weekend.”

A number of players came in for their first starts in a while, with George Taft cutting his spell on the sidelines to return from injury, while Kevin van Veen, Myles Hippolyte and John McAtee also began the game.

“I thought Macca showed really good glimpses on Saturday and we want to get him another runout if his legs are alright,” he continued.

“He played a long time and hasn't played for a while, so we will have a look at him. We want to try and be more positive in the final third in creating chances. Kev took a lot of battering and bruising on Saturday, but he should be fit.

“Tafty got a bit of a whack, but got through the game. We’ve missed him with set plays and defended really well. It was good to see him come back after a bad injury and come through the game.”

The positive news is a return to the matchday 18 for attacker Devarn Green who just a week ago was an early withdrawal for the Iron at Carlisle with a thigh problem.

United will, however, be missing Olufela Olomola and Abo Eisa, with the latter sitting out for a second consecutive match through illness.

"Dev Green comes back into the squad which is good. We will be missing Fela as his knee is a little bit sore again,” Cox stated.

“Dev did the right thing after feeling his thigh and came off straight away. We got him some treatment straight away and he’s trained this week and has been fine.

“Eisa is still not well, the same as a couple of members of my staff. It’s a bit of a flu bug going around the camp, so we’re being even more careful than we have been. He will have another few days away from the building and hopefully he will be back in the building on Thursday or Friday to be ready for Saturday’s game.”

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