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Sam Ricketts Pre Bristol Rovers

8 February 2019

Sam Ricketts previews Town's Sky Bet League One fixture with Bristol Rovers.

Shrewsbury Town return to Sky Bet League One action this weekend with a trip to Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium.

Town will be looking to secure all three points against the Pirates after putting in a good performance against Wolves.

Sam was proud of his player’s last time out but feels his team must take those standards into league fixtures.

“It was a tough game but a really good game in the end,” said Sam. “It was enjoyable for everybody but all that was missing was the end result.

“I couldn’t have asked any more of the players – they tried extremely hard and played with real grit and determination.

“That’s the biggest thing we have to match in every game. This just wasn’t a one off leg - we should have won it at home.

“We took a team, who are seventh in the Premier League and the best of the rest if you like, over two games.

“We were disappointed and it does show what we are capable of. We have to really capitalise on this now and push hard in the league.

“The FA Cup has been brilliant, but it has meant we have played an awful lot of games.

“The replays have hurt us more than anything and that hasn’t allowed us to possibly hit the physical output that we need to.”

Sam is looking forward to facing Bristol Rovers and feels his team have enough to take all three points.

“They are a really hard working and organised team,” said Sam. “They are on a decent run themselves.

“I feel like this is the last push really before we have Saturday to Saturday fixtures.

“Physically and mentally we need to be very concentrated and really give it a good shot – with the same grit and cohesiveness that we showed on Tuesday.

“It’s another opportunity for us to match recent levels and if we can do that the performance should follow.

“With the better performances – there is a better chance of us winning the game.”

Stefan Payne will be ineligible for the fixture against his parent club and Town will be without Romain Vincelot due to injury.

“Romain has gone for a scan this morning,” said Sam. “It doesn’t look great.

“I think it was Cavaleiro who forced the side of his knee in. We will asses him in the next couple of days.”

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