RICKETTS | "I Thought We Were Excellent"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 03 Nov 2018

Sam Ricketts hailed his side’s improvement on the pitch after beating Gateshead at the Racecourse to return to the top of the table.

Despite beating Hartlepool at home in mid-week, Ricketts had made no secret of how unhappy he had been with the performance.

But he admitted his side had responded exactly as he wanted against the Heed, admitting some elements of the performance had been among the best of the campaign so far.

“I’m delighted with the performance,” he said. “We spoke a lot about the performance on Tuesday night and then this was a complete contrast.

“I thought we were excellent. Right from the very start of the game to the very end – how we managed it, how we passed it at times, how we composed our structure to be hard to break down from certain situations…

“Today was one of our best performances. There were times when we moved the ball as well as we have done this year.”

Paul Rutherford’s cross deflected in off Fraser Kerr in the first-half and Brad Walker doubled the advantage before Rekeil Pyke’s stoppage-time goal sealed victory just minutes after Luke Armstrong pulled one back.

And Ricketts admitted the win was even sweeter given the control Wrexham enjoyed for large periods against such strong opposition.

“Gateshead are a decent side, a really good side,” he said. “They move the ball really well. They don’t concede many and have scored plenty.

“It’s really pleasing to have played as well as we did, to have controlled the ball as well as we did, and to move the ball as well as we did.

“It’s great for Rekeil Pyke to find the net, it’s been a little while for him, but someone with his pace and power coming on for the final half-hour can be devastating.”

Wrexham are now one point clear of Leyton Orient at the top of the Vanarama National League, and a further point ahead of third-placed Salford.

And Ricketts believes the position is a reflection of the team’s effort in the first 19 games of the season before attention turns back to the FA Cup and the first-round trip to Weston-super-Mare.

“It is important to be top, but it’s not the be all and end all – I’ve just said in the dressing room I’m more concerned about where we are after 46 games not 19,” Ricketts said.

“But it shows what we are doing as a side, how hard they are working and how well they’re playing… albeit we have to get better and today was a step in the right direction in terms of improving and controlling the game.”

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