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Sam Ricketts Post Wycombe Wanderers

16 March 2019

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers.

Shrewsbury Town scored two goals in the final minutes of the game to come back and win over their opponents  Wycombe Wanderers. 

A late header from Omar Beckles and a stoppage-time penalty from captain Ollie Norburn secured all 3 points for Sam Ricketts' men. 

Ricketts was delighted to have come away with the win but was left frustrated with some elements of the game. 

"I was probably a bit like most of the fans really," said Sam. "Frustration for large parts of the game, trying to get some intensity and tempo into the game. 

"We couldn't quite do what we had spoken about until the last five or ten minutes. 

"Eventually we started getting the ball out wide to Shaun a bit earlier which allowed him to get into a one versus one situation, which allowed some better crosses to come in and obviously he won us the penalty as well. 

"At the end, it's pure elation of winning the game, it's about time we won a game in injury time. 

"At half time I was thinking how do we get some intensity into the game. Football between now and the end of the season is hard work and will power, wanting to win. I just wanted to get some spark into the team and some intensity into the game as well as trying to work on what we spoke about going into the game. 

Sam was delighted to see Omar Beckles come on as a substitute for the injured Luke Waterfall and grab a late goal for Town. 

"He's had two good headers against Doncaster where he could have scored. So it's fitting he got one today and we've come back and won a game late on. 

"It also shows unbelievable fight and spirit from the team. The number of times we've come back late in a game and finished strong without the result we deserved but this has been one of the first times we've swung it around with two late goals which is a testament to the players and it just shows the character and commitment from everyone. 

"We're all in this together we're all pulling in the same direction. Everyone knows where we are and what we need to do. 

"The league is that topsy turvy, after winning that we're two points off 12th and only 2 points off the bottom four as well. It just means one, what an important win and secondly we have to show the same fight and determination we showed for the last 10 minutes of the game for a full 90 minutes."  

Sam praised the composure of Norburn as he calmly tucked away the penalty to give Town all 3 points.

"We're really fortunate we've got two penalty takers who are extremely calm in those situations, both have scored pressure penalties at home and away this season. 

"It was great that Fey and Ollie could sort out who was taking the penalty quickly which allowed Norburn to concentrate and score a very important penalty." 

Town are back in action next Saturday as they face Portsmouth at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.


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