RICKETTS | Hard Work Paid Off With Set-piece Goals In Defeat Of Aldershot

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 01 Sep 2018

Sam Ricketts says hard work on the training pitch paid off in the 2-0 win at home to Aldershot, which put Wrexham back on top of the National League table.

Stuart Beavon and Jordan Maguire-Drew scored Wrexham’s goals – both from set pieces – and Ricketts admitted it was a part of the game the staff and players have worked hard on.

And the boss reserved special praise for the man that opened the scoring, after Beavon netted his first goal for the club.

“I’m delighted with the win,” Ricketts said. “It was a really good win against a decent side who played really good football.

“We were good but just lacked a little quality in the final third. It came down to set pieces, which we work heavily on – my staff spend hours and hours watching set pieces and seeing where we can possibly score and it’s a great satisfaction for them when it comes off.

“Summers has got a great delivery and I’m delighted for Stuart Beavon – he knows the game inside out, he’s been around the leagues and won five promotions.

“I was delighted for him to get a goal – his work rate is fantastic and he’s capped it off with a goal.”

The win puts Wrexham top of the table, one point clear of a clutch of teams behind including Tuesday night’s opponents FC Halifax.

And while Ricketts refuses to get carried away with the league table so early in the season, he was pleased the players managed to hit back at criticism after the defeat at Solihull Moors on Monday night.

“People’s expectations need to be realistic – we will continue to improve, and we have to get better than we were today,” he said.

“Mentality-wise, the group are in a great place. We’re on a really good vein of form – one loss out of eight games is an amazing start. It’s better than anyone could have imagined. We’re trying to merge and grow as the season goes on.

“I was bemused by the reaction to one defeat last week, so I’m delighted for the players to get the win and restore confidence in a group of players who had no reason to be criticised for one defeat.

“I’ll pay attention to the league table next April. I want to be top, I’m not going to deny that, but we have to be realistic.

“We’re ahead of track in terms of improvement – we want to finish higher than in the last four years. Ultimately, as a new group of players, with new staff and a new way of playing, we’ve started the season fantastically.”

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