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Sam Ricketts pre Accrington Stanley

19 August 2019

Sam Ricketts talks about Tuesday’s fixture away at Accrington and gives us a little more insight on injuries throughout the squad.

With Town only conceding one goal in three league games, Sam is happy with the defensive unit and how it’s coming along. “The players that have been here the longest, when I say longest, I mean pretty much here all pre-season which helps massively and it’s a unit that is working well. It has to be fundamental of your side is that you’re hard to play against, you’re hard to score against. So that’s a really pleasing aspect and we just need to continue working on other aspects of our game.”

Town produced a solid performance on Saturday against Rochdale, Sam talks about going from that and applying it to Tuesday’s game. “We’re just trying to add pieces to it all the time. At times I was getting frustrated watching the game and at other times, like 15 minutes before half time I was like here we go, this is what we’ve been trying to do for a long period of time. But it’s hard when you’ve got that many new players, so for 15 minutes it clicked, and we were on the front foot. Could’ve, should’ve score possibly, even chances in the first five, ten minutes to be fair.”

With having a fair few chances on Saturday, Town were unlucky to not score. “I think Ethan hit the crossbar and Dave Edwards was right behind him with a free header. We’re not quite as fluid attacking wise as we are defending wise at the minute, but it will come and that comes with time and trying to integrate everyone as quickly as we can and understand each other’s game.”

Tuesday’s game will be Accrington’s first league game at home this season, however, they have played at home against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup and had their first league game postponed agaisnt Bury FC.

“I’m expecting a typical Accrington performance. They’ve played at home already against Sunderland. What they’re going to be is there going be hard working. They’ve got two lads up top that they play into, but they’ve also got good wide players as well who try and cause you problems. If you leave them, they will cause you problems. They’re like a free-flowing team that can cause anyone problems. They take a few risks but like anyone, they’re fluent in what they do and can cause you problems certainly.” Said Sam.

Sam gives us an update on Town’s injury list. “It’s just a few more days down the line with everyone really. Everyone’s just recovering everyone’s getting there, but unfortunately, three days isn’t three weeks. We won’t be making as many changes like last week. So less changes, much less changes with it being a league game.”

“In general, they’ve got some good footballers and work extremely hard. You can see they’re a good team that give their all every game really which is an awful lot. They’re a team which will move the ball a lot better than certain teams with some quality in there.” Sam concludes.


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