Sam Ricketts gives his reaction to Town's narrow 2-1 loss to Northampton.
Shrewsbury Town’s first home Sky Bet League One fixture ended in defeat as Northampton Town left Shropshire with a 1-2 win.
Despite drawing level in the second-half, Town couldn’t prevent the Cobblers from securing the win with a 65th-minute winnder.
Sam Ricketts was disappointed with the result but felt there were positives to take from the game.
On the Salop performance:
“We are hugely frustrated at losing the game. We’ve had a lot of possession and 19 shots. One of the biggest disappointing moments was losing Ethan just seconds into the game – that was a big blow.
“We were already missing players today, so to lose Ethan after 10 seconds was a blow - we couldn’t reset really after. Their goals were disappointing form my point of view – it’s hugely frustrating.
“Large parts of the game were very, very good. We scored one but should have scored more. Ultimately we only scored one because from those 19 shots we only had five on target. We need to do more with situations we get into. Ethan is ok. He just has a big lump coming up on his head. We had to bring him off for that reason which was disappointing."
On the Salop goal:
“We had unbelievable opportunities and situations where we really should do better and score more goals. There was an awful lot of good today. We gave two really poor goals away and that cost us.
“We looked the more likely team to control the game and win the game throughout baring the first 10 minutes. That’s more to do with losing Ethan so early in the game and having to reorganise.
“When we did get into our rhythm, you saw a team that moved the ball well. At times we could be quicker. We dominated the game so there are many positives.”
Shrewsbury Town Football Club were saddened to hear Ollie Norburn’s heart-breaking news and Town’s Manager sent his heartfelt message to the Norburn family on behalf of the whole club
“All of our thoughts are with Ollie and his family. As a family and a Club, we are very tight so it hurts all of us knowing the impact it’s had on Norbs. Everyone is behind him and his partner Lucy. You can’t put into words what it feels like.”