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Sam Ricketts Post Walsall

4 May 2019

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

Shrewsbury Town battled it out with Walsall in the final game of the Sky Bet League One season.

Town and the Saddlers fought a hard 90 minutes and both shared a point at the full-time whistle.

Sam Ricketts feels the performance was one of tiredness at the very end of a long campaign.

“The first-half was ok,” said Sam. “In the second-half we never got going. There are no excuses.

“Speaking to the lads after the game they are exhausted after a long season. To their credit we made sure we didn’t concede.

“Walsall had nothing to lose and were throwing bodies forward. The second-half typified us really.

“Ultimately it is a good point. It was really important that we didn’t concede. We didn’t get the win we all wanted. It was a decent end to what has been a difficult season."

Sam was pleased with his team defensively and was happy with his goalkeepers contribution.

“Mitchell had one one-on-one save to make,” said Sam. “He had numerous balls thrown towards him.

“There were three or four fouls that should have been given. The ref didn’t really know what was happening with so many bodies in the box.

“Like I said, we had to throw our bodies on the line. Now the players can rest. They have give everything to the cause.

“We achieved what we needed with a game to spare. It was just disappointing we didn’t get the win today.

"First-half we were on top without creating too much and the second-half we were against the wall.

“It wasn’t until later that we were beginning to get chances. Josh Laurent had one that went close. We had a few opportunities but didn’t do enough to win the game.

“The supporters have been fantastic and have pushed us in times when we have struggled. It has been a season of highs and lows.”

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