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Sam Ricketts Pre Ipswich

28 August 2019

Sam Ricketts and his side travel to Portman Road this weekend as they look to cause an upset against Paul Lambert's high-flying Ipswich side.

With no Tuesday game this week Sam has been able to focus on the rehabilitation of some injured players as well as valuable training time at Sundorne Castle. 

“Normally you look forward to a free week of training and you can implement what you want to do. Unfortunately, it’s been more about recuperation than anything else.
“We’ve been depleted because of injuries and that hasn’t stopped this week. Yes we’ve been able to train and get bits in but ultimately we’ve been trying to get everyone fit and healthy.” 

Town have recorded their second-best ever points tally after five league games since their involvement in Sky Bet League One. Sam has been pleased with how his side have started this season but says he hasn't set too many targets for his players so early in the season. 

“We do set targets and try t break it down. We haven’t gone into too much detail at the moment as the start of the season is really hard to gauge where you should and could be at. Our aim is to always improve but eight points from the first five is a really good start but we must build on this now, we know we can and we will get better.
“When all the players are back they’ll get a better understanding of where are the players are at as well. I think we’ve seen really good aspects of the game improve even amongst those five games, so another five or ten games we’ll see even more aspects our what we’re trying to achieve.”

Ipswich currently sit top of Sky Bet League One and look to be early contenders for one of the automatic promotion spots. However, Sam said that doesn't affect how they approach the game.
“We’re not approaching the game any differently. They’re a good side with some good players. They’ve got really good strength and depth. I think they played Tuesday and Saturday and made five or six changes from one game to the next so it just shows what they’ve got which will be really big for them this year.
“That means going into the game we’re not quite sure who they’re going to play, they’ve also changed formation a little but. We’ll just prepare for us, make sure we’re ready and whatever Ipswich decide to do we’ll be prepared and ready for our game.”
Sam will take confidence going into this game as possible underdogs knowing his team can still go out and get a result as the Sunderland, Stoke and Wolves games proved last season.
“Ipswich are finding that there are no easy games, they have to work extremely hard, they realised that when they played Wimbledon earlier and they had to dig deep to get a last-minute winner against them.
“We’ll go there full of confidence, knowing that if we perform to the level that we know we can do then we’re more than capable of getting a result.
“It’s a nice ground, good pitch and a good atmosphere so that’s something to look forward to a bit like Sunderland last year, it’s somewhere good to play football.” 

Sam later confirmed that Fejiri Okenabirhie has picked up a hamstring injury and will not be available for Saturday's game. 

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