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Sam Ricketts post Bristol Rovers

29 February 2020

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Sam Ricketts post Bristol Rovers

29 February 2020

Sam Ricketts reflects on Town's away win over Bristol Rovers.

Shrewsbury Town’s afternoon in Bristol came to an end with Salop securing all three points over the Gas.

Daniel Udoh’s second-half strike was the difference between the two sides as the Shrews registered an away win over Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Town Manager Sam Ricketts was pleased with the win and was delighted to see Daniel Udoh net the winner for his team.

“I thought Dan was very, very good today,” said Sam. “Even without the goal, I thought his general play was very good - the goal capped off that performance. It was an excellent goal, a great strike. He put it right into the corner and gave the keeper no chance.

“He had a few more chances earlier on and hit the target - he made their keeper work. He’s such an unselfish player which is why he’s so loved by all of his team-mates. He works so hard, wins the ball back for the team and gives his all.

“I thought the little passage of play was really the first time we were able to pass the ball around. It was a really good passage of play. Neat passing, good movement and finished up with a great shot.

“We could have been up at half-time. I thought we were always in control without playing scintillating football. Second-half, we eventually got our just rewards and comfortably saw the game out.

“Max had very little to do. They had one header which hit the crossbar but it wasn't something we were worried about. Other than that, we were tough, resolute and continually asked questions of the opposition keeper.”

Sam now hopes his team can build on recent results to have a strong end to the Sky Bet League One season.

“We are slowly evolving into a side that can change shape and change pretty well,” said Sam. “We try to be really offensive. We tried to get three strikers on the pitch which gives us options on the pitch.

“We are getting there slowly but surely, gradually we are evolving. Two wins from three is good and we want to push on now. It’s nice to have a few free weeks to prepare for our Saturday games.

“We have to win as many games as we can and have to finish as high in the table as we can. All we can do is focus on each game as it comes. We will be ready for next week.”


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