Sam Ricketts reflects on a 3-1 victory over Macclesfield Town.
Shrewsbury Town secured a spot in the Leasing.Com Trophy round of 32 with a win over Sky Bet League Two Macclesfield Town.
Town notched three goals against the Silkmen to earn the victory at the Montgomery Waters Meadow. Dave Edwards, Brad Walker and Louis Thompson were the trio on hand to give Sam Ricketts’ side the win.
The Town boss was pleased with the victory and enjoyed his teams’ dominant performance against the Silkmen.
“First and foremost, it’s great to win,” said Sam. “We want to keep winning and getting through to the next round is very, very good. I thought everyone’s attitude was excellent.
“It was hard today because two days ago we were told the game wasn’t going to be on, and then they came back to us and said it might be on. We didn’t enough if we were going play the first-team as we did, or is it going to be the young lads.
“I thought the players’ attitude towards the game was excellent, the focus and concentration was excellent – we deservedly won the game and went through.
“It was a good night of goals. I thought Brad Walker had the pick of the goals really, I thought he was excellent. He’s just had a family bereavement as well, so to come through and play like he did was excellent.
“Louis Thompson’s wasn’t a bad finish either and it was good for Dave Edwards to get on the score sheet. He didn’t have any time to think about it, which is probably did him good – it was a calm finish.
“There was so much movement and dip on Brad’s effort. Just speaking to him now, he said his first free kick was better. He has a very good technique on that and I was delighted with his all round game.”
Sam is pleased his side have managed to reach the next road of the competition and is looking forward to seeing his team face off with the next opposition.
“I haven’t seen the results tonight, so I don quite know where everyone is,” said the Town manager. “We aren’t too concerned, but it would have been nice to be at home.
“When that tie comes round, we will just have to make sure we are ready and try to progress into the next round of the competition. We gave ourselves a little bit of an uphill battle in the group stage when we lost to Port Vale.
“We came back through now and won the two games and we’ve deservedly gone through. Now we have to take on this knockout stage. It starts to get interesting because you start seeing Wembley.”