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Sam Ricketts Post Southend United

18 September 2019


Sam Ricketts Post Southend United

18 September 2019

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's enthralling 4-3 victory over Southend United

Town managed to pick up all three points in a memorable 4-3 victory over The Shrimpers. Beckles, Cummings, Norburn and Lang all featured on the score sheet whilst three goals from Southend made it a nervy finish for the Town supporters. 

Sam spoke after the game and expressed his delight that his side looked so dominant going forward but stated that he was disappointed in th way Town conceded the goals at the other end. 

“I’ve got a headache,” Sam joked. “The game was exciting yes. I thought the first 25 minutes of football really, really good, we were 2-0 up and comfortable 2-0 up.

“The goal was poor defending really from us. It just knocked the stuffing out of us and gave them something to hang on to a little bit and took us a little while to recover from that.

“We looked a threat all the time and unlike us we gave away some really poor goals. We should have been out of sight. It shouldn’t have been a contest later on in the game.

“If I knew we were going to win 4-3 every week I’d take it. I was really pleased that we scored that many, I know we’ve got goals in the team.

“Everyone has probably seen a big performance today as opposed to the other games but I’ve seen this coming and we’re still a huge working progress. I know I keep going on about it but we’re gradually getting our players back from injury and the new players are slowly getting up and running."

Cummings and Lang both led the line up top on their home debut and Ricketts was more than pleased with their contribution.

“Jason Cummings gave everything tonight, he was probably done before half time but he scored a goal, Lang scored a goal so it’s really pleasing to see what’s been planned come to fruition.

“I started Jason because he’s looked sharp in training and I wanted to start on the front foot as opposed to holding back until the end of the game to get him on.

“I felt tonight at home under the lights it was perfect for him to start and get us off to flying start which we did.

“Callum has been excellent on Saturday and today, he gives so much to the team with his work rate, he does so many selfless runs, pressing and tackling. He eventually got the goal he deserved but could have had more.

“What we’ve got now is a real threat up front. We’re spoilt for choice now in that department.”

Ollie Norburn who returned to first-team action on Saturday was captain for the evening and certainly led my example with a superb performance.

“Ollie is a player I really rate, I think he’s an exceptional player and a real leader as well. He’s put everything in to his rehabilitation and to come off the back of playing 80 minutes on Saturday and go again tonight and give everything he’s got before giving a nod to me to say he’s finished.”

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