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Sam Ricketts Post AFC Wimbledon

2 March 2019

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Shrewsbury Town extended the unbeaten run to five games with a 0-0 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Town were very competitive during the game and would have been disappointed not to have taken the lead.

Sam Ricketts was pleased with the draw and praised his team for going five games unbeaten.

“I am really pleased with the performance,” said Town’s manager. “We started to move the ball far better and had far more control in the game.

“The only disappointing thing is that we haven’t won the game. We had chances to win the game with one or two clear-cut chances. We should have also had a penalty.

“I am more than convinced it was handball, one million percent it was a penalty. The player put his arms out and saved it like a goalkeeper.

“The real frustrating thing is that we didn’t get that decision, in what was such a blatant penalty.

“We had one or two clear chances, three or four half chances and kept knocking on the door.

“The level of control in our performance is starting to show and that came through. The confidence is starting to come.

“We were more or less in control of the whole second-half. They had a few corners but no real effort on target.”

Sam made four changes to his starting line-up and is pleased he is able to choose from a fresh squad.

“I am at the luxury now of being able to rotate players and keep the team fresh,” said Sam.

“That’s why Scott Golbourne came in for Ryan Haynes. Scott was great against Peterborough and then Ryan came in and he played well.

“It was Scott’s turn to come back in and I always try to pick the right personnel for the game.

“I like being able to make changes. It’s nice to bring in Fejiri and Docherty on to give us that impetus. In the past we haven’t really had the luxury of being able to do that.”

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