RICKETTS | "I Don’t Want To Sound Like A Broken Record But We Need To, And We Will, Get Better"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 11 Aug 2018

Manager Sam Ricketts insists Wrexham will not be resting on their laurels despite beating Boreham Wood 3-0 to continue a strong start to the 2018/19 season.

Goals from Jordan Maguire-Drew, Rekeil Pyke and Mike Fondop fired the Dragons to victory to make it seven points from a possible nine in Ricketts’ first three games in charge.

But the boss insists there is still plenty more to come from Wrexham as he promised his players are going to get even better.

“I’m delighted with the seven points. Seven points out of nine is a really good first week. Performance-wise, OK we can get better – and we need to get better.

“We need to push to make our performances a little more polished. I’m telling the players to trust themselves because they have the potential to be a really good side and not just one that has to fight and scrap to win 1-0.

“I don’t want to sound like a broken record but we need to, and we will, get better.

“We are asking our defence to do an awful lot. Listen, they stand up and be counted – they do everything I expect them to do – but we’ve got to help them not have to defend as many crosses and attacks. That will come from a more rounded, polished performance.”

Ricketts admitted he was pleased with the Dragons’ fight and resolve throughout the first week, however, and hailed the clinical attacking play against Boreham Wood.

“I’m delighted with the win,” he added. “It rounds off a really good first week for us with two wins and a draw against some really good opposition. Every game has been a battle and, though this was 3-0, it wasn’t a comfortable 3-0.

“We’re trying to get more quality in that final third so when we do get chances – and we do create chances – we can put them away. It was two really good headers and a really instinctive finish by Rekeil.

“It wasn’t until 3-0 that I saw more of what I want to see; a little bit more confidence and composure on the ball to actually move the ball a little bit.”

Ricketts also allayed any fears over Luke Young’s injury, after the midfielder hobbled off in the first-half.

The manager stated: “It’s just a dead leg. It’s nothing serious, there’s no big thing – he caught a dead leg on Tuesday and, as it would happen, he got another whack in exactly the same place.”

Ricketts and his players now travel to Maidenhead as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast at the start of the season.

The match, at Maidenhead’s York Road Stadium, kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday August 14.

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