RICKETTS | "We should have won the game but we didn't and we have to learn from that"

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sat 25 Aug 2018

Sam Ricketts admitted he was disappointed for his Wrexham players after the Dragons lost a two-goal lead in a 2-2 home draw with Bromley.

Mike Fondop and Rekeil Pyke had fired Wrexham into the lead but Frankie Sutherland’s penalty and Luke Summerfield’s stoppage-time own goal saw the points shared.

But Ricketts believes it is a sign of how far his table-topping Dragons have come that, despite extending the lead at the top to two points, they were ruing not holding on to win.

“When you’re 2-0 up in a game, especially at home and been as good as we have been, of course it’s disappointing,” he said.

“It also shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed when we’re still top of the table by two points.

“We want to win. We should have won the game but we didn’t and we have to learn from that and go again.

“But it does show where this side has come from with the disappointment in the dressing room.

“I’m disappointed for the players because they put so much effort into that game that we should have seen it out and recorded another victory.”

Ricketts did call on his players to learn from Bromley’s late comeback, however, and ensure it does not happen again.

He also admitted the penalty decision that allowed Bromley back into the game split opinion in the dressing room – but he had not seen it back himself.

“I’m expecting my front players to cause problems and they’re doing it,” he said, taking positives from the start.

“They should be causing more problems than they are and scoring more than we are – but, listen, I’m pleased we’re scoring but we need to manage the game better late on and make sure the game finishes 2-0 and at worse 2-1.

“I’ve not seen the penalty incident but it’s divided opinion. Some players are telling me it was soft, others are saying there was some contact.

“Nowadays penalties get given for that, and if that’s the case that’s fine but it must go the same at both ends.”

Wrexham now travel to Solihull Moors on Monday (August 27), and Ricketts says the preparations for that game have already started,

“It comes thick and fast,” he concluded. “I don’t think it’s ideal for the players to be playing two games in such quick succession but it is what it is – it’s the same for everyone.

“We’ll deal with this and we’ll start preparing as of now for Solihull on Monday.”

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