"I watched their game on Tuesday at Rotherham...their performance showed that the players are still fighting, together and working hard"
Kieran McKenna says the appointment of Derek Adams at Morecambe could change the challenge in front of Town when they travel to Lancashire on Saturday, but that he expected to face a motivated Morecambe side regardless.
Adams, who departed Mazuma Stadium having led the Shrimpers to promotion via the League Two play-off final, confirmed his return to his former club earlier today as first-team manager Stephen Robinson completed a move to St Mirren
Morecambe currently sit 21st in League One, occupying one of four spots in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend's clash, while the Blues are looking to close a four-point gap to the play-off places.
"We’d have been expecting to face a fully motivated team either way," said Kieran.
"I watched their game on Tuesday at Rotherham [when Morecambe lost 2-0]. They went toe-to-toe with them and they had 17 shots, so they would’ve been good value for one or two goals.
"Their performance showed that the players are still fighting, together and working hard to get points out of the games.
"Derek has been there before and done very well so I don’t think it will take him too long to get to grips with the squad and put his imprint on it.
"We had this situation a couple of weeks ago with Gillingham as well [when the Gills appointed Neil Harris], so we know that it can often change the dynamic and energy in the team."