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Sam Ricketts pre Blackpool

17 January 2019


Sam Ricketts pre Blackpool

17 January 2019

Sam Ricketts looks ahead to Town's fixture with Blackpool.

Shrewsbury Town return to league action with a trip to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.

Town will be looking for another win on the road after an impressive 3-2 comeback victory over Stoke City.

The Town manager, Sam Ricketts, was pleased with the result and hopes to see his team carry that belief forward into the league.

“We have taken things away from the game that we are good at,” said Sam. “We try to be hard to play against, try to steal the ball and break with quality.

“First-half we didn’t steal the ball enough and we weren’t aggressive enough. Second-half we stepped it up.

“Our quality came through, especially on the break – that’s something we work on a lot.

“The belief is really important, but it’s only important if the players believe in what they can do – they should do.

“The players stuck at it and carried on going with our principals – working as a team and that got us back in the game.

“The biggest thing is the way you react when you need to score a goal.

“I always look to change things during they game to help us win. That’s why the change was made at half-time.

“Every team has different strengths and weaknesses and we try to exploit that to the best of our ability.”

Sam is expecting a tough game against Blackpool but hopes to see his team secure three points against the Seasiders.

“Blackpool have had a really hard run of games recently,” said Sam. “They have faced Portsmouth, Sunderland and some other hard games.

“We need to go there and carry on our momentum. We have to carry on with what we are good at whilst being respectful of them.

“They will be full of confidence – similar to ourselves really.

“Our fans were magnificent the other night – I said that after the game. When we weren’t where we wanted to be first-half their support never wavered.

“Their support is vital and a huge factor in why we can win games.”

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