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Sam Ricketts Post Dundee United

27 July 2019


Sam Ricketts Post Dundee United

27 July 2019

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 2-1 victory over Dundee United which sees their pre-season campaign end on a high.

A goal in each half from Fejiri Okenabirhie secured a victory for Town against a competitive Dundee United side. Town gave away an early penalty but looked solid defensively following the Tangerines opening goal. 

It was a good final test for Town and in the end, the home side ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a brace from Fejiri Okenabirhie.

The game saw Dave Edwards get 90 minutes under his belt as he continued on his path back from injury. There was also 90 minutes match-time for several other Town players.

After the game manager, Sam Ricketts spoke to the press to give his thoughts on the game.

"I'm really pleased to get the win today because eventually, that's what football boils down to", said Sam.

"We are trying to work on performances and bits which will put you in good standing for the season, but ultimately you need to win games as well.

"It was pleasing to come away with the win especially after the score going to 1-1 and coming back to get the win."

Sam was asked what had pleased his from his side's performance over the 90 minutes.

"The attitude from the players to raise themselves again, last season against Villa was a sell-out so to come in today probably felt like a pre-season game", said Sam.

"There are still things to work on but the reaction at the start of the second half was much better.

"We spoke about things at half-time and those improved in the second half.

"The desire to keep going, keep grinding away and getting that all-important win.

"Some players hadn't played 90 minutes so it was important to get through those final minutes even if they looked leggy at times."

There was a special mention for Fejiri Okenabirhie who got Town’s two goals. The gaffer has been trying to get Fey into goal scoring positions and it looked to pay off.

"That was really good for him and I'm pleased", said Sam.

"I'm trying to get Fey to get into the centre of the goal more in time to score his goals.

"He had a header in the first half which he said was going in until it hit their player, then in the second half Steve Morison brought the ball down on his chest and then put it in the middle for Fey to get the winning goal.

"Another positive Dave Edwards coming back and getting 90 minutes. He still looks rusty at times but it's full credit to him and Scotty Golbourne, who played 90 minutes at Cheltenham, for all their hard work to get back from injury."

Thoughts now turn to next Saturday's Sky Bet League One opener at home to Portsmouth. It will be a good early test for the new Town side and Sam will be looking over the week as to the best team to start the game.

"I'm not sure of my team for Portsmouth yet, this week has just been about getting 90 minutes into players as much as we can", said Sam.

"Now we can look back on how people have done over pre-season and how it goes in training this week.

"Once we've done that we will pick the team we think is right for the Portsmouth game."


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