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Sam Ricketts Pre Southend United

16 September 2019

Sam Ricketts talks to Shrewsweb about Tuesday evening’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Southend United at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Captain Ollie Norburn made his first league appearance in Saturday's one-all draw away at Wimbledon. Having played the majority of the game, Sam gives an update on how the captain is. “He’s okay, just trying to recover as much as he can with it being his first game for so long. I thought he played very well and physically looked good. Obviously, he was never going last the full game, but he gave as much as he could for as long as he could.”

A quick turnaround for Town as they are back on home soil Tuesday night. Ro-Shaun also made his return to the squad after a few weeks on the side-line with a knock. Ro-Shaun got a full 90 minutes under his belt. “I think it’s a big ask for them to go straight away again but we’ll have to see how they are in training and see if they’ve recovered well enough and if they are ready to go again.”

Dave Edwards wasn’t involved in Sunday’s game after he picked up a knock. “Hopefully Dave will be training today, so we can assess that and see where he’s up to. Everyone else is progressing pretty well to be fair and they’re not a million miles away hopefully.”

Debutant Jason Cummings made a fantastic impact on Saturday. Within five minutes of being on the pitch, Jason had scored the equalising goal after a great cross by Ryan Giles and secured the point for Town.

“we’ve got some real quality in the team and what we’ve got at the minute with Jason is where he’s at, making an impact off the bench and he certainly did that and it was a great start to his Shrewsbury career.”

Southend have struggled to get their season underway and are currently without a permanent manager. Sam thinks that it is a bad time to play Southend and he explained why. “They played Fleetwood at the weekend and drew three-all, I think it’s given the team a new lease of life going off their games and watching their games previously to this one.”

“They certainly played with a new exuberance and freedom to express themselves a little bit more and they went ahead in the game which is always a help. Fleetwood are a really good side and it turned out to be a good point for them with it being three all and scoring a late goal.”

It’s been a while since Town played on home soil, however they return to Montgomery Water Meadow Tuesday evening. “It’s been a while, so it’ll be good to get back and hopefully put a performance on and hopefully win the game as well.”

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