Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.
Shrewsbury Town battled it out with Bristol Rovers to earn a point at the Rovers’ Memorial Stadium.
Shaun Whalley’s first-half goal wasn’t enough to see Town take all three points from their trip on the roads.
Sam Ricketts was pleased with certain elements from his team during a tough game against the hosts.
“I thought in the first-half we controlled the game really well,” said Sam. “We looked comfortable when we were one up.
“In the second-half it felt like we were against the world. I am disappointed with the goal.
“Ultimately I was pleased with the hunger and desire from the players to make sure we left here with something.
“It’s hard not to be swayed by the crowd and players making the most of things.
“I am disappointed with the goal itself because it’s a set piece and we don’t want to be conceding from them.”
Sam was pleased with his players after he chose to make five changes and is happy to have a big squad to choose from.
“We have had a lot of games and had to rely on the same players,” said Sam. “This was the first opportunity really where I was able to make five changes.
“I thought we were comfortable first-half and we defended really well. Ro-Shaun came in to make his debut and he was excellent.
“For a young lad to step into a game like this, an occasion like this was good. Not only was he good – he learnt an awful lot as well.
“We need to be able to bring in fresh players in and create completion for places and off the back of it is a really good point.
“We are now building up to three free mid-weeks, which we haven’t had so far.”