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Sam Ricketts Post Burton Albion

24 August 2019


Sam Ricketts Post Burton Albion

24 August 2019

Sam Ricketts thoughts as he talks to the press after the 0-0 draw with Burton Albion.

Town welcomed Burton Albion to the Montgomery Waters Meadow and in the end, the game ended with the sides sharing the points.

The game was played in the blazing sunshine and the weather seemed to have an effect on both sides over the 90 minutes.

There were chances for both sides and both will look back at missed opportunities but in the end, will be happy with a point.

After the game Town manager, Sam Ricketts spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the afternoon.

"I think we are getting there slowly but surely", said Sam.

"We are fighting a lot of outside things like injuries and getting people up to a level speed.

"I think what we saw again today was players who gave absolutely everything to make sure we came out of the game with a clean sheet.

"We had chances and for the first 30 minutes, I thought we were the better team we just couldn't convert the chances and half chances.

"I'm not making excuses but I felt the heat killed us a little in terms of energy levels, we started to be sloppy in possession and giving the ball away which meant we had to defend.

"Josh Laurent has come in again today, he's been a big miss, he's played 70 minutes off the back of two training sessions.

"Sean Goss picked up a knock midweek which meant he could't play, Louis Thompson is still getting up to speed, we are still missing Ollie Norburn. There are an awful lot of things which when we get them back in place we will be getting there."

There we good chances for both sides but Town's best was probably a Dave Edwards one after Whalley and Laurent had combined to create the opening.

"It was nearly a carbon copy of the chance Fey had last week, same place and same outcome", said Sam.

"Talking to Dave at the end and he practices those type of chances every day and side-footing them in, but for some reason, in the heat of the moment he goes with his laces and puts it over.

"Those are the little things we need to keep improving and get better at, then we can turn games like today into victories.

"That's three clean sheets out of five, eight points from the first five games, which is a great start.

After both Fejiri Okenabirhie and Dan Udoh came off the bench at Accrington to win the game Sam was asked if it was a tough decision not to start them.

"It was a tough choice to make because Fey and Dan did really well the other night at Accrington", said Sam.

"I was keen to get them on again today, Dan is a bit like josh in that he's only done a few days training.

"He can't play at the intensity that I want him to yet, and be a nuisance from the start and run at teams.

"Fey it's probably one of the best I've seen him play in the second half, he's a goal scorer and I get they but his all-round gameplay, nicking balls and bringing people into play was excellence when he came in.

"It's a four-man job up there and whichever two play have to work extremely hard."

There were changes in the midfield with Josh Laurent coming in, and Brad Walker made his Sky Bet League One debut for Town.

"Brad has stepped in and with Sean being injured we waned that middle midfielder to come in and get on the ball", said Sam.

"I thought Brad did well, he's trying to make a step up and he has huge ability on the ball and he's starting to realise this.

"It's a new environment playing at this level and someone who made his first league start today, and I felt he got better as the game went on."

Town now have a week on the training pitch before the next game, a Sky Bet League One trip to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town.

"They played Bolton today and won the game well", said Sam.

"It's a game we are looking forward to and one we will be ready for."

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