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Sam Ricketts post Charlton Athletic

12 January 2019

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 3-0 loss to Charlton Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town were unable to secure three points against Charlton Athletic at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The Addicks secured the three points with goals from Karlan Grant, Lyle Taylor and Darren Pratley.

Sam Ricketts was disappointed with the result and felt mistakes cost his team a chance at the points.

“In the second-half I was disappointed. I said to the players that I was the most disappointed since I’ve been here,” said Sam.

“The start of the second-half wasn’t great. We gave them a number of chances.

“We did try to start strongly like we finished the first really, but it didn’t happen and a few chances went against us.

“We kind of lost our way a little bit. I think you saw players lose confidence if I’m honest.

“They lost belief in themselves and with the recent performances they shouldn’t lose confidence as quick as that.

“I feel like we were denied another penalty like we were the other week.”

Despite losing out to three goals, Sam felt Steve Arnold had a good game after the keeper made a number of big saves.

“He has definitely had more shots to save in one game today than he has in the last three our four combined,” said Town’s manager.

“He’s in goal so he’s doing his job. I’d like him not to be saving shots but it does show the level of performance is good.

“When he’s called upon he can and does make some good saves. Unfortunately he had far too much to do today.

“This defeat really, really hurts us the same as the fans and it takes a bit of time to get over that.

“I can see where we were lacking and I can see as a team what we need.

“Charlton are a good side and I think you could see that. They have some good players but the game was there for us.

“Both boxes are the most important bits and we didn’t win in either today.”

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