Edwards confident defensive horror show was a blip

Morecambe defender Ryan Edwards. Picture: Matt Rushton
Morecambe defender Ryan Edwards. Picture: Matt Rushton

Ryan Edwards is confident Morecambe’s defensive horror show against Dagenham and Redbridge was a blip.

The big central defender has been part of a solid unit at the back in 2015.

But it was a day to forget against the Daggers with the former Blackburn youngster believing The Shrimps can put it right at Newport County on Saturday.

Edwards said: “It’s part of the game.

“You go on good runs and have bad spells throughout the season.

“Hopefully it’s not a bad spell and it’s just a one-off.

“That’s why we’ve been working hard since then, looking over the video and in training.

“It’s all in preparation to get back to our normal ways.”

The 21-year-old admitted the errors at the back in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat were a surprise but Edwards is confident it will soon be forgotten.

He said: “I don’t think anyone saw it coming.

“We’ve had a good run defensively.

“I think we’ve already got more clean sheets than we did in the whole of last season.

“I thought when we equalised (on Sunday) we’d go onto win it.

“We knew that was an opportunity missed to get ourselves right in amongst the play-offs.

“There’s still 15 games to go and we can either look back and dwell on it or we can work hard and win on Saturday to get back on a winning run.”

The Shrimps head to sixth in the table Newport on Saturday having won all of their three previous games against the Exiles.

Edwards hopes the psychological edge can play a part at Rodney Parade.

He said: “I haven’t personally played at their place but the gaffer’s said how we’ve done well every time we’ve played them.

“With that in their heads hopefully that will help us and they’ll be a bit frightened of us coming.

“But they’re up there, they’re very good at home and it’ll be a tough game no doubt about it.”