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Sam Ricketts Pre Bristol City

13 January 2020


Sam Ricketts Pre Bristol City

13 January 2020

Sam Ricketts previews Town's FA Cup third-round replay with Bristol City.

Shrewsbury Town welcome Bristol City to the Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow evening for an FA Cup third-round replay fixture.

The Robins visit Shropshire after Town held the Sky Bet Championship side to a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

Town manager Sam Ricketts is looking forward to the tie and hopes his Salop side can progress into the next round of the competition.

“It’s a big game under the lights,” said Sam. “We were very good in the first tie and it’s a game we will eagerly be trying to get through. We will try to put a good performance in and see where that takes us.

“Both teams will have a better understanding of each other. We have played a league game since but it’s something to look forward to.

"We have to take that underdog mentality. We are playing a side who are riding high in the Championship. They got a good 2-0 win away from home last time out, so we are undoubtedly the underdogs.

“We aren’t expected to do anything, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible to get through – that’s the magic of the FA Cup. We were really good away from home. We had more possession, more shots and controlled the game.

“We have to focus on this game, even with the rewards that are there – that’s the beauty of the FA Cup. It’s great because you play against teams who you wouldn’t normally play against and you play at stadiums you wouldn’t normally go to. The next round of the FA Cup brings another chapter if we can get past a really good team in Bristol City.”

Sam has urged the Salop faithful to back the team during the tie and feels the Town's support can drive the team on to a win against Lee Johnson’s team.

“We went away from home and the support was amazing,” said Sam. “1100 fans made the journey and now we have the opportunity to put Bristol City under that atmosphere at The Meadow.

“We are really looking forward to the game and the atmosphere. The FA Cup under the lights at home – hopefully we can create another memorable night for the fans.

“We want as many Town fans to come down as possible. It’s the magic of the FA Cup and it’s exciting to see where it could take us. Their support will be vital and it really pushes the lads on. Hopefully we can put a performance in that will get everyone on the edge of their seats.”

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