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Coley's Morecambe reaction

28 July 2019

John Coleman felt the final pre-season game against Morecambe was more like what they will expect against Lincoln next week in the League One opener - and he hopes new signing Colby Bishop can continue his scoring form.

Striker Bishop headed home against Preston North End midweek and repeated the feat against the Shrimps in Stanley's 2-0 win - both from Callum Johnson crosses.

Sean McConville added to the tally although Dimi Evtimov was needed to save a John O'Sullivan penalty with the score at 0-0.

"It was a good game, Morecambe played some great football and made some good chances and our keeper has made a few saves, that's more like what you are going to be playing against," said the Reds boss.

"I was pleased with the way we responded in the second half, once we got our goal we took control of the game for a big period and the lads who came on acquitted themselves well.

"Morecambe look a good side, if they play like that I can't see them having any problems next season, and I was pleased to win the game.

"Colby could have had the match ball as he has missed two headers but some of his flicks were really good, they were intelligent, and hopefully the longer he is with us, the better he will get.

"There is a long way to go though, we start the real work next week, it's proper football and hopefully Colby will hit the ground running.

"I was also pleased Sean got on the scoresheet, it was a great little backheel by Joe Pritchard who looked lively when he came on.

"I have got a few decisions to make before Lincoln but I enjoy that. Hopefully there will be a few additions this week."

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