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Sam Ricketts Pre Macclesfield

12 November 2019


Sam Ricketts Pre Macclesfield

12 November 2019

Sam Ricketts Previews Town's Leasing.Com Trophy clash against Macclesfield Town.

Town are back in Cup action tomorrow night in the final game of the group stages. Both sides need a win in order to progress to the knockout stages.

Macclesfield face an uncertain future as they battle with difficulties away from the pitch.
Last Sunday saw Macclesfield field a youth team in their FA Cup clash against Kingstonian where they suffered a 4-0 defeat.

Sam admits preparation for this game has proved difficult given the current circumstances at the League Two club.

"To be honest I don't really know what side they are going to put out, I went to the game on Sunday just to see them play and see who they had out.

"I think it's a really sad time in football at the minute, firstly with Bury, Bolton and now it looks like Macclesfield could be next. Although hopefully there's talk of a takeover going through but you know that's really disheartening for football in general, I think for the players as well, it's not good not getting paid and it just seems to be happening too much at the minute. It's a shame because it overlooks the actual football going into the game tomorrow.

"Having done so well to get into the football league it's now sad to see that they are struggling to play their staff and players."

Sam wants his players to remain focussed despite the talking points with their opposition as a win is what's needed if Town want to progress in this competition.

"We'll be focussed, we know it will be tough as we don't know who we'll be playing against, so mentally it will be hard, we have to make sure we're ready for the game, training and doing everything right. It's not easy when you don't have a particular target to focus on."

Sam knows that inside the dressing room the players all have ambitions of reaching Wembley as plenty have not managed to tick that off their list during their playing career as of yet.

"I think every player wants to play at Wembley its the iconic stadium where everyone wants to play and it's an opportunity to get there. It's a competition the club know well having narrowly missed out a couple of years ago. In an ideal world, we'd like to go one better. There is an awful lot of games to get there but it's an opportunity to have a day out and win some silverware as well."

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