Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's win against Southend United.
Shrewsbury Town managed to secure a win and three points at Southend’s Roots Hall
Town secured the win with two second-half goals from Luke Waterfall and Fejiri Okenabirhie.
Sam Ricketts was pleased with the win and was pleased with his team’s composure to see out the game.
“It’s a really significant win,” said Town’s manager. “It comes off the back of a really good performance last weekend.
“The performance wasn’t as good today under different circumstances and with the pressure in the game.
“We showed huge resilience to come here and win the game – that was really, really pleasing.
“We are lucky that we do have really good quality upfront and that’s why it’s hard sometimes to pick the team.
“Fey is a natural goal scorer and if you give him chances, generally he will score – he has proved that.
“Today we showed good levels of composure to control the game. We weren’t great by any means but it’s a win that we had to grind out.
“Ultimately at this point in the year that is the most important thing – grinding out those wins like today.”
Sam was pleased Luke Waterfall got on the score sheet and hopes to see more headed efforts.
“I said to Luke and Fey before the game that it was about time they scored,” said Sam. “Maybe I will say that every week.
“Fey is a goal scorer and Luke does get goals from the back. It’s important that everyone chips in with goals – it’s not just about the striker.
“The team showed today that they could grind out a win. We weren’t fantastic but we did enough to win the game.
“The clean sheet is vital. We have to keep them because then one goal is enough to win the game.
“We defended really well and Jonathan Mitchell only had one save to make. We looked solid even if we weren’t at our best.”