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Sam Ricketts post Accrington Stanley

11 February 2020

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's loss to Accrington Stanley.

Shrewsbury Town were unable to secure three points against Accrington Stanley as the away side secured a 0-2 win at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

John Coleman’s side managed to net a goal in each half to ensure all three points went back to Lancashire.

Town Manager Sam Ricketts was disappointed with the result and feels his team need to be more clinical in the opposition’s box. He said: “ It’s not what we wanted at all. We had 20 shots and haven’t scored; they’ve had six and scored two

“We were far too slow, didn’t move the ball quick enough and didn’t get forward quick enough. We tried to address that at half-time and the players really had a go. I can’t fault their effort; we just had a slow start.

“We’ve had 20 shots and didn’t score, that’s the problem. We kept knocking on the door and had chances. We didn’t work the keeper when we should have. Some of the quality wasn’t good enough.

“I can’t fault the players' effort at all, they certainly tried – they didn’t throw the towel in. We played the second-half in their box but just couldn’t score. That has been the case recently.

“The players are disappointed, we are all disappointed – we don’t want to lose games. We are in a real sticky run at the minute. The mood is one of disappointment because we go out in every game trying to win.

“We are doing everything we can to try and turn this around. We were superb up until Christmas. The FA Cup, as brilliant as it was, has hurt us as well - games have been coming thick and fast.

“We have to stick together. The players who are in the dressing room will be the same ones going again on Saturday – no one will be back from injury. We have to go again on Saturday and try to put on a good performance.”

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