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Eric Ramsay Post Blackpool

15 October 2018

The Gaffer reflects on his side’s 2-2 draw against Blackpool in the Youth Alliance League.

Two second half goals courtesy of Lifumpa Mwandwe and substitute Ryan Grosvenor secured a point for Eric Ramsey’s side, after falling behind early in the first half.

Shrewsbury scored their first goal in the 66th minute, and had various opportunities to equalise sooner, but just two minutes before going into added time, Grosvenor scored the all-important equaliser. But ultimately Ramsey feels ‘disappointed’ with his team’s first half performance.

“It couldn’t be closer to the adage that it was a game of two halves. We were awful in the first half, as bad as I’ve seen us which was really disappointing given how good we were last week.

“In the second half, it was the polar opposite. We were excellent and thoroughly deserved to get back into the game and draw, and could quite easily on another day have won by a reasonable margin in the second half.

“We had three or four really good quality chances in addition to the goals that we eventually scored, and equally a couple at that end that I was disappointed we didn’t take.

“So on the whole it was frustrating and I’m disappointed with them because they’ve shown what they are capable of in the second half and equally how bad they’re capable of being if the basics aren’t right.”

Ryan Grosvenor replaced Archie Elmore in the 50th minute and Eric Ramsey was happy with his player’s impact after coming on and was also pleased with the way his team performed.

“Ryan had a positive impact on the game definitely.

“I think in general I would probably attribute the second half to the fact that our mentality was better. We were more aggressive, we were more front foot, we passed the ball much better than we did in the first half.

“It was a case of us not getting the basics right from minute zero to minute 45 and that changed completely in the second half so there was some satisfaction to take from the game but overall, it was a sense of disappointment.”

Forward Lifumpa Mwandwe signed a professional deal with the club in the week at just 17 years of age, and Ramsey was full of praise for the youngster.

“It’s what we’re all here to do.

“We will never debut a team of players unfortunately at first team level, but we will hopefully debut individuals in at first team levels. And he is certainly one that could go and make a mark.

“He’s one that is eye catching almost every game. He’s improved a lot over his time with us and he deserves to have had the news that he’s had in the week.

“Hopefully now it’s the beginning of a really long and successful career.”


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