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Sam Ricketts Pre Plymouth Argyle

11 March 2019

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Sam Ricketts Pre Plymouth Argyle

11 March 2019

Sam Ricketts looks ahead to Town's Sky Bet League One Fixture against Plymouth Argyle

Shrewsbury Town are back on the road tomorrow night as they make the long journey down south to face Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet League One. 

Sam is hoping his team can bounce back from a narrow defeat against Rochdale on Saturday. 

"I was disappointed that we didn't play with the same level of control that we have done in previous games," said Sam. "The game ended up being backwards and forwards too much. 

"We should have got something out of the game, I think we had 18 shots, they had 10. We had some really good chances to score. 

"We let them hang their hat on something after 15 minutes, we gave another really poor goal away at the start of the second half which gave them confidence." 

Plymouth currently sit 15th in a congested league table. Ricketts is expecting another tough test on the road. 

"They're a team similar to us really, only a couple of points between the sides. They're on a decent run and so are we.  

"It will be a good game on a good pitch, they certainly try to play football and move the opposition round a bit. 

"Hopefully it will be a game that will suit us and allow us to assert some control, get the ball moving and play to our strengths." 

Town will face another former striker in Freddie Ladapo who has scored 14 league goals so far this season. Sam's well aware of the player's abilities.

"He's a very good player, we seem to be coming up against a lot of former players nearly every week at the minute. 

"We're aware of what he does, he's obviously good at what he does. They'll try and impose him on us and we'll try and impose our players on them."

Anthony Grant is back and available following his recent suspension. Ricketts is glad to have Grant back as an option in midfield. 

"It's a good one to have Anthony back in the squad, that's what we want is that competition so that players that do enter the field of play are ready to play, whether that be through young players who have played more football than they ever have done before so you have to take that into consideration just because of their physical and mental state really. 

"It's hard for players who haven't played 40 or 50 games in a season before. The first time they do it is draining so we now have the ability to rotate and keep those players fresh. 

"Grant coming back into the mix gives us an opportunity to make sure we pick an 11 that are ready to go when kick off comes." 

Ricketts confirmed that James Bolton is still unavailable for selection due to injury. 

"Unfortunately Bolts still isn't going to be fit, it's one of those freak injuries that we could have done without, we'll push him as much as we can but at the same time he needs to be 100% fit and ready."

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