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Sam Ricketts Post Newport County

17 July 2019

Shrewsbury Town entertained Sky Bet League Two side Newport County in the teams latest pre-season game.

It was a typical pre-season game with both sides starting to increase the minute's players got on the pitch. There were chances for both sides but it was Newport who got the goal to win the game 1-0.

Pre-season games are about increasing the workload on the players and also giving them all-important game minutes to start to implement the ideas and styles that have been worked on in training.

ShrewsWeb spoke to Town manager Sam Ricketts to get his thoughts on the evening's game.

"I don't want to lose any game, it might be pre-season but I don't like getting beaten but that's not the be-all and end-all today", said Sam.

"There were some good bits, some bits we need to work on, some really encouraging bits and some easy things to work on to take us to the next level.

"The groundwork is in place now and it's about adding layers onto what we have asked the players to do."

The gaffer gave a run out to all the available players to give them match minutes. Over the recent practice games, the players have started to get more minutes under their belts.

"We ended up with a lot of Academy prospects on the pitch tonight, with Kian, Rollo, Barney and Cam Gregory", said Sam.

"It was really important to have a look at everyone whilst building on the fitness and build on what we are trying to do."

There were a decent number of Town fans at the Ludlow Football Stadium for the game. They got to see the new additions to the Town squad and one who caught the eye was Daniel Udoh.

"Dan came on and was trying to make an impression which is really good", said Sam.

"He tried hard and put himself about and had a half a sniff of a goal, but couldn't just get his shot off.

"There were also two or three other good chances which we didn't convert but all in all it was a good work out.

"It was a good benchmark to see where we are at this point of the pre-season, see what is working, what's not and the next level to improve on."

Town now look to Sunday and a pre-season game with Premier League new boys Aston Villa. The game is a near sell-out and it promises to be another big test for Town.

"There are many positive from a pre-season workout to see where you are and see what we are trying to do", said Sam.

"There were some good passages of play both with and without the ball today.

"We just need to hone those and improve on those and add the layers to it.

"Pre-season games are very, very hard in terms that they can't resemble the intensity and mentality of a league game."


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