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Sam Ricketts Post Peterborough

5 November 2019

Sam Ricketts and his team faced off with top-six Peterborough United, and managed to secure a 1-0 win over Posh.

A brave performance, a goal from Town defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell and a penalty save from shot-stopper Joe Murphy ensured Town secured the deserved three points.

Sam Ricketts was pleased with his sides’ resolute performance and felt his team were good value for the three points.

“I am delighted,” Said Sam. “I am delighted for the players more than anything. I thought the performance, especially in the first-half, was very good.

“I think for the vast majority of the game, we kept them at arms length pretty comfortably. Murphy had to make a save from a penalty – an excellent save. It was slightly dubious whether it was a penalty or wasn’t.

“It was testament to the whole team, not just the back lads and the keeper, with how they kept a really potent team, who score three and four goals on a regular basis, at arms length.

“I want us to be more ruthless in the final third and to score more from set pieces. I thought it was going to go in with Omar, thankfully Ethan put it away. With that, we played the game superbly well.

“They changed shape a number of times, they put all 10 men in their half and invited us to break them down. It’s testament to us for doing it.

“It was about time Ethan scored. We need to score more from set pieces, so I did tell him after the game it was about time he scored. I thought, as per, he did very, very well. We are really fortunate in that position.”

Sam was pleased his side secured another clean sheet, and hopes his team can build on the positive performance going forward.

“I thought we were pretty comfortable until injury time,” said the Salop boss. “That’s always the signal for the team who are losing to throw four, five, six players forward at that point.

“Up until that moment, we were handling the game very, very well. We moved the ball well at times, defended and used our experience on the far side to win a few throw-ins.

“We kept the ball well and took the sting from the game. We never really let the game get any real momentum. We controlled the game really well in the latter stages.

“We have to work very hard for these wins. We have an awful lot coming from this group, we are a work in-progress but we are seeing traits now that are starting to come through on a consistent basis.

“That gives us a better foothold in every game and allows us to try an improve every day.”


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