World News – GB – Shrewsbury v Bristol Rovers – Match Preview


Sam Ricketts wants Shrewsbury Town to build on their momentum as his team returns to action today

The city heads home tonight for a visit to Bristol Rovers as boss Ricketts feels an undercurrent of positive momentum beneath her, writes Lewis Cox

City welcome Gas cheered on by last Saturday’s last-breath winner at AFC Wimbledon after what had been a below-par performance

Ricketts had criticized Salop’s performance immediately after full time but, during his press briefing yesterday after reviewing the contest, he was more pleased with what he was seeing as Town was five times unbeaten in all competitions.

« We’re on the right track We won three out of five, shooting two. The only game we lost was Northampton and we didn’t deserve to lose that, » Ricketts said ahead of the meeting with the ben garner men

« You can sit here with your glass half full or half empty, but we’re really excited with the way it’s going and we also know there’s a lot more to come »

Ricketts referred to his squad by making over 500 passes at Loftus Road on Saturday, the second of all League One teams

The boss of the shrews is encouraged that his team managed to achieve victory without being at their best, but still wants to see a faster, sharper building game

« We won a game that I later said I was disappointed with, but after watching it it was a completely different game than what I saw, » Ricketts added. / p>

« There was only one team in League One that overtook them more than us this weekend, we had over 500 assists

« Yes it can be better, yes it can be more penetrating and the most important is that we gave the ball in areas that I didn’t want and that gave them their best opportunities

« We had that little bit of quality and gold dust in the late delivery and it’s a good sign that we can get out of the field after winning and say ‘we can play better than that’

« While I think sometimes in the past I have felt we have to play really well to win This is a very good sign that we have the ability to dig and grind the results Any team has to do this « 

The rovers, where Shrewsbury secured a crucial victory at the end of February, shortly before the lockdown, have switched teams under former West Brom first team coach Garner this year

Garner tweaked the system and now wants his team to move forward through the lines, as opposed to a more direct approach

Starting without a win in the league in three, the Rovers have reached some form, going undefeated in the last three, with impressive wins over Northampton and Lincoln City, which puts them in 12th place, two points better than Town

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« They are a very different Bristol Rovers team, » said Ricketts « Last year they passed or beat you and this time they went three back and tried to dominate from there and use their passes »

The town chief has said he is looking for his players to take more care of their possession and not be the architects of their own downfall tonight

« On a few occasions we gave the ball into dangerous areas and it was our own downfall, » he said.

« On five or six occasions we gave them the ball in very vulnerable situations and that changed the dynamic against Wimbledon which is not a bad side

« I don’t think we’ve played a game this year where we haven’t dominated possession or held more than 50%

« It’s different from last year, where we had less possession and were trying to play against We’re a different style, we want to move the ball but we want to hurt the teams with it, not keep it to keep it

« It means we should have more control with the ball than without it. Good progress from where we were »

Town is still without Shaun Whalley (calf) for the clash, while right-backs Marlon Fossey and Matt Millar look set to miss again, meaning Ro-Shaun Williams is likely to replace on the right again. from the back of Shrews four

Sports reporter with the & Star and Shropshire Star Express Covering the town of Shrewsbury and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots

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