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Sam Ricketts Post Gillingham

22 October 2019


Sam Ricketts Post Gillingham

22 October 2019

Shrewsbury Town battled it out with Gillingham to earn a point in this evening’s Sky Bet League One fixture.

Despite going a goal down, Salop fought back and secured a draw through Omar Beckles’ second-half goal.

Sam Ricketts was pleased his team didn’t lose the game but felt Town dropped two points againt the Gills.

“It’s two points dropped,” said Town’s manager. “We didn’t play with any real speed or intensity in the first-half.

“We never got going in a game where I thought we could have taken it by the scruff of the neck. In the second-half we were just waiting for things to happen, opposed to making something happen.

“I asked for a reaction at half-time. We got that in the second-half and the longer it went on, the more positive and on the front foot we were.

“We had more crosses coming into the box and that finished off with Fejiri and Dave having good chances to win us the game. You always fancy one of those to go in from those two players.

“Ultimately the first-half was not anywhere where we want to be. We probably raised it from 70 percent to 85 – that’s no where near where we can be.”

Despite not winning the game, Sam is happy to take a point and feels it may benefit his team down the line.

“We still take the point from it,” said Sam. “It could be a really good point for us later on in the season. It was just disappointing really because the game was there for the taking.

“I was disappointed with how we conceded the penalty. We gave them a real simple goal and that was something to hang their hat on going into the second-half.

“It made it a little bit harder for us to break them down. They tried to defend deep and break on us. We gave them the initiative because we didn’t start well.

“The goal came from a second-phase after a corner. Omar took it really well. We had some real good chances at the end of the game. You would expect one of those to go in.”



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