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Sam Ricketts Pre Rotherham United

19 September 2019

Sam Ricketts looks ahead to Town's trip to Rotherham United.

Town are back on the road this Saturday as they travel to the AESSEAL Stadium to face Rotherham. Sam and his team are looking for revenge as the Millers dumped Town out of the Carabao Cup earlier in the season. 

Sam Ricketts addressed the press this morning and said his team are full of confidence ahead of the game. 

"Everyone's feeling good," said Sam. "We're all back in training today and the sun is shining so it should make a nice day of training. 

"Tuesday showed the level of performance we can put in especially in the first 25 minutes or so. I thought we were excellent, we moved the ball really well and we controlled a lot of the game and then it was just disappointing to conceed when we did. 

"The most pleasing thing was the goals we scored, we looked a real threat and could have scored more." 

Sam was pleased with the contributions from his bench on Tuesday night and is happy with the squad depth he now has at his disposal.

"It's not a game of 11 players anymore. There's been a number of times already this season where our subs have come on and made an impact which is the whole idea. Football is a squad game now. Sometimes you need an impact, sometimes you need freshness."

Some fans believe this could be Town's toughest test on Saturday and sam was inclined to agree. 

"It will be a hard game. They are a good side. We played them earlier in the cup albeit without a full-strength squad. What you can see is they are a side with a lot of championship quality as they were playing there last year. They have a lot of good stuff about their game so it should be a really good game, it's quite interesting, we've played a game more but they are slightly below us in the league."

Rotherham have the likes of ex-Town players Carlton Morris and Freddie ladapo amongst their ranks who Town must stop from scoring.

"Every game we have at the moment we seem to have an ex-Town player playing against us we had it with Humphrys on Tuesday. 

"It's a really tough place to go. They are strong at home with a really good fan base. We'll certainly have to be ready to match the competitive nature of the game." 

Sam suggested there could be a couple of changes to the starting line up on Saturday depending on how well his side recover from Tuesday's game. 

"Ollie has only just come back in and played two games in a couple of days having not played for so long so it's a question of can he recover in time. 

"Jason Cummings gave everything on Tuesday and to be fair you could see he was running out of energy after half an hour so we'll have to just gage him and see how he gets through the next couple of days."

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