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Sam Ricketts Pre Wolves

4 February 2019

Sam Ricketts looks ahead to Town's Emirates FA Cup replay against Wolves

Shrewsbury Town head to Molineux tomorrow night to face Wolves in an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay. 

Manager Sam Ricketts is taking confidence going into the game knowing that his side dominated periods of the game against Wolves in the first round despite a poor result against Luton on Saturday.

"We're a little bit Jekyll and Hyde at the moment, one performance can be very, very good, then we come away from that and the next game isn't. 

"That can be for a number of reasons. I do think fatigue for the players is part of it, I think they've played an awful lot of games. Two games a week for a very long time so that has hurt us at times. 

"We've got some fresh faces in from now until the end of the season so we are where we are from now until the end of the season.

"We've still got a third of the season to go so there's plenty of time but we need to improve and be hard to beat whilst getting the consistency of the performances back."

Shrewsbury go into the game unable to play any of the signings that came in after the first Wolves game. Meanwhile, Sadler and Grant will miss the game due to suspension.

"It's a bit of a minefield the Fa Cup for us at the minute. One have they played for someone else at the previous club? Two did they sign before the Wolves game? So at the moment, we are a little bit short on numbers. 

"What this does is it gives players an opportunity to play in what will be a great game. It's an opportunity also for them to show what they can do."

Sam's expecting more of the same from Wolves that he saw in the first leg. 

"Wolves don't change, that's probably one of the biggest things you can pay compliment to them. They won't change how they play, they're the same every game. 

"I expect them to move the ball well and move it quickly across a good surface so we have to be prepared for that an show some resilience, be hard to play against and look to break when we can. 

"It's going to be a great game and a great occasion. The players have earnt the right to get back to Molineux similar to the last round against Stoke.

"We have to have the same level of performance and discipline that we showed in that game, stick to the game plan and see what happens.

"Wolves will go strong as they have done in every game so far. it will be a tough game against a team who are flying in the league. However we have to go there and back ourselves. There's no reason why we can't cause another FA Cup shock." 

Ricketts was unsure as to whether Dave Edwards might make an appearance tomorrow. 

"I think it might possibly be a bit too early still. He did step into training at the back end of last week so it's probably just assessing him really and taking it from there."


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