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Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts frustrated not to end Barnsley's unbeaten run

By Lewis Cox | Sport | Published:

Boss Sam Ricketts was left to rue his Shrewsbury team spurning gilt-edged chances and frustrated at not ending Barnsley 26-game unbeaten run.

Sam Ricketts the head coach / manager of Shrewsbury Town. (AMA)

Salop went down 2-1 at the automatic promotion-chasing Tykes but Ricketts felt his side controlled the game and had more clear goalscoring opportunities.

Town drop one place to 15th in League One, with the gap to the bottom four down to five points, after Jacob Brown's second-half winner. Town deservedly levelled as Tyrese Campbell cancelled out Alex Mowatt's opener before the break.

Campbell, Shaun Whalley, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Luke Waterfall missed clear chances as Tykes keeper Adam Davies excelled.

"I think what might have been is an understatement," said the Town boss. "The quality of chances is the best we've had.

"I can't quite remember a game where we had such good chances. We scored one, had three one-on-ones, clear one-on-ones.

"Luke Waterfall had a bread and butter header for him at the back post and I think we were denied a blatant penalty as well for a shirt pull.

"The performance was outstanding, we've come to a team who are rightly towards the top of the table fighting for promotion and, yes we gave them chances, but we controlled the game and could've scored five easily."

Ricketts added: "They're hurting at getting beat. But I'm sure they've got pride in the performance.

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"They were 26 unbeaten going into the game and we should've put an end to it."

Shrewsbury can mathematically confirm their League One status for next season with a victory over Oxford at Montgomery Waters Meadow on Monday, should results elsewhere go their way.

The Shrews boss left Oakwell confident in the way his side performed against their high-flying hosts.

But Ricketts added a note of warning to his players, that they must find a clinical edge to take advantage when on top.

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"We didn't come here and shut up shop to get one chance. The game plan worked exactly how we wanted it to," he added.

"You can't ask for any more in that respect, but we didn't win the game because we didn't do the both boxes. If you want to be a good side or top strikers you take those chances, equally at the other end.

"As a performance level it was as good as I've seen this season."

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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