Sam Ricketts: Shrewsbury Town are not safe yet

By Lewis Cox | Sport | Published:

Jubilant Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts insists his team are still not safe despite securing 50 points thanks to a second straight win on the road.

Shrewsbury Town Manager \ Head Coach Sam Ricketts. (AMA)

Salop gave their race to League One safety another big shot in the arm with a convincing 2-0 victory at Gillingham, who began the day a place above their visitors.

James Bolton and Tyrese Campbell netted shortly after half-time in front of a delighted away end as Town took a deserved three points to make it seven points from nine and just one defeat in five.

Fifty points has, generally, been the mark of safety in this division but, with a six-point cushion and four games remaining, Ricketts knows the job is not complete.

Asked if his team were safe, the boss responded: "No we're not - there's still work to be done.

"There are four more games, we go into Easter weekend all focused for Barnsley.

"Some results went with us some didn't, but I'm not bothered by anyone else.

"Seven points from nine is an excellent return. I like to look after my own business rather than rely on anyone else.

"If you want it - go and sort it out yourself."


Ricketts felt the overall display was another sign of his Town team growing in consistency and resilience.

Town were untroubled by a poor Gills display but kept their clean sheet intact as Anthony Grant and Omar Beckles combined in the last minute for stunning goal-saving blocks from Josh Rees.

"I can enjoy it now!" Ricketts smiled after his side earned a third away league win under his stewardship.

"The whole game you have to remain concentrated, organised, making sure we see the game out.


"Barring one episode we saw it out comfortably. And in that episode we didn't concede because we put our bodies on the line.

"There were some terrific blocks. I couldn't see who it (the late block was), the lads said it was Omar and started celebrated with him.

"What we're seeing now is a team showing a bit of resilience, being able to come away from home, putting in a performance where we can control the game far better."

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

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


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