Wilson confident it won’t be another fright night at Accrington

Laurence Wilson closes down Jack Redshaw during last year's game at the Crown Ground.
Laurence Wilson closes down Jack Redshaw during last year's game at the Crown Ground.
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Laurence Wilson is confident there will be no repeat of Morecambe’s nightmare performance at Accrington when the sides meet on Halloween night.

The left back is better placed than most to comment on the game having been part of the Stanley side that beat the Shrimps 5-1 at the Crown Ground in March.

The 28-year-old is now back for second spell at the Globe Arena and is confident the Shrimps can inflict a first ever Football League defeat on their Lancashire rivals at the 15th attempt.

“It’s a derby and no-one wants to lose in these games,” said Wilson.

“It was a bit of a freak result last year and I don’t think it will be like that again.

“They’re usually close games and hopefully Morecambe will be on the winning end this time.

“Records are there to be broken and there’s no reason why it can’t be on Friday.”

Wilson is thankful of the quick turnaround after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Exeter as the Shrimps look to bounce back from their worst performance of the season in a game every fan wants to win.

“You want the next game to come along as quickly as possible and from Sunday to Friday there isn’t much of a gap,” he said.

“You’re raring to go and with it being a derby your form doesn’t really matter.

“It’s about winning these games and it doesn’t matter how you do it you just want the three points.”

It was also a game that saw Wilson return from eight weeks out with an ankle ligament injury.

“I didn’t feel too bad,” he said.

“I haven’t been training too much but I was just happy to be back and to get 90 minutes under my belt.

“Hopefully it’ll stand me in good stead for the games coming up.”

The news hasn’t been good elsewhere on the injury front with Barry Roche and Jamie Devitt set for extended periods on the sidelines.

“There’s been quite a few injuries and some of them have been quite long term,” Wilson said.

“I was out for eight weeks and I don’t know how long Jamie’s out but Barry will be until the start of next season probably. 
“It’s unfortunate because Barry and Jamie are key players for us.

“But we’ve got a strong squad this year, probably the strongest I’ve been involved with at Morecambe and we’ve got players who can come in and do as good a job as them.”

Wilson however is confident the Shrimps can turn a good start that sees them eighth in League 2 into a fine season.

“We’ve surprised a lot of teams,” he said.

“You don’t want to get ahead of yourself but we are a small club compared to some in this league.

“We’re doing well and we know we can do even better.

“We’re on course for a good season and want to maintain that, stay in the top half and fight for a play-off place.”