RICKETTS | "Barrow Match Is The Only Thing That Matters At The Minute"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 26 Nov 2018

Sam Ricketts says Wrexham’s focus is solely on Tuesday night’s Vanarama National League clash at Barrow as the Dragons look to get back to winning ways.

The trip to Cumbria comes on the back of the home defeat to league leaders Leyton Orient, before next weekend’s FA Cup second-round tie with Newport County.

But Ricketts says he and the players are not being side-tracked by looking ahead to Saturday – and called for the team to match the performance levels shown despite the defeat to Orient.

“Barrow is the only thing that matters at the minute,” Ricketts insisted. “We need to put another performance in but we’re in a good place.

“We lost the game at the weekend but not due to a bad performance so we just need to continue doing what we’re doing.

“It will be a tough game. It’s not the easiest place in the world to get to but that shouldn’t make any difference – the pitch is good and it’s an opportunity to go and put another performance in like we did on Saturday and hopefully get the win this time.

“The performance [against Orient] was very, very good. The standard of the game was like a Football League game really.

“We were really good controlling the game and really disciplined in what we were trying to do and there were a few really good chances but we weren’t able to take them.”

After the match on Saturday it was confirmed Bobby Grant had joined the club from Fleetwood Town on a short-term loan deal.

Grant was in training on Monday with his new team-mates and is available for both games this week - the league match at Barrow and Saturday’s FA Cup game.

And Ricketts confirmed the Dragons would have close to a full squad available, with only Manny Smith and injured Doug Tharme ruled out.

“Everyone is fine. There is no new injury news – just Doug with his long-term injury and Manny easing his way back in – but everyone else is ready to go.

“Everything is ready for Bobby to come straight into the squad. It’s another good addition to the squad.

“Bobby is an undoubted good player. He’s 28 years old and played at a really good level for a number of years so he will be a really good addition. He needs to come in and train, settle in and then we’ll take it from there.”

And on the topic of further transfer business after a busy week for the club, which also saw Rob Lainton sign a permanent contract and loanees Freddie Hinds and Scott Burgess depart, Ricketts added: “We’re always open for players – any club would say the same if an opportunity comes along.

“We’ve got a really competitive squad with really good players so anybody who does come in has to be of really high quality.”

The match at Barrow takes place at the Furness Building Society Stadium (formerly Holker Street) on Tuesday November 27. Kick-off is at 7.45pm and more information on tickets and travel can be found here.

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