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Sam Ricketts pre Accrington Stanley

10 February 2020

Sam Ricketts previews Town's Sky Bet League One clash with Accrington Stanley.

Shrewsbury Town welcome Accrington Stanley to the Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow evening for another Sky Bet League One fixture.

Town will be looking to build on the draw against MK Dons by securing all three points over John Coleman’s Accrington.

Town Manager Sam Ricketts recognises Accrington Stanley’s threats and admits his team will have to be aware of the away side’s attributes as the first whistle blows

“They have their own style of play and can do a little bit of everything really,” said Sam. “I remember being at their game last season against Sunderland, they move the ball really well.

“They have experienced quality players who know this league. They understand how to get results and have done that well recently. They have their own style and are really good at doing it.

“They are a side which you have to be respectful of because they can really, really hurt you with their ball movement. They are good in the wide areas and have a few lads who are scoring some goals.

“They are a good side who always implement good work-rate in their game. They always give everything they’ve got. They’ve had more rest and recuperation than us but it is what it is.

“The players will have to dig deep again as they did on Saturday. They dug in and gave everything they had within them to try and get the result and very nearly did so.”

Sam was pleased with his team’s effort against MK Dons and notes he will be expecting the same input and commitment from his players against Tuesday night’s visitors.

“This time of the year isn’t conducive to playing pretty football,” said Sam. “MK Dons tried to do that and we stalled it three or four times. We should have capitalised on that more so than just one goal - we have to play to the conditions.

“The players will need to give everything to make sure we pick up points and keep ticking over. It’s nice to have another home game. We’ve had some real long journeys in the last six weeks, so at least that’s one journey we don’t need to make.

“We had a couple of niggles in the last game so we will see how they are. Brad Walker pulled out on Friday after a knock in training. Those who we can pick from have all played an awful lot of football. We will be picking those who can get out on the pitch and give us their all just like on Saturday.”


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