September 26th, 2016

Skipper Sam Rickets pleased with Sky Blues progress

Skipper Sam Rickets pleased with Sky Blues progress Skipper Sam Rickets pleased with Sky Blues progress
Updated: 6:14 pm, Sep 02, 2015

SKIPPER Sam Ricketts believes the Sky Blues have made an impressive start to the season having picked up ten points from their opening five league matches.

The 33-year-old, who moved to the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer at the start of the summer, has played in all five league matches and has produced a series of impressive performance in the heart of defence.

A tough start saw Mowbray’s side face relegated Wigan and Millwall before hosting bogey side Crewe.

But they claimed maximum points before tasting a first league defeat at Walsall and Monday’s 2-2 draw at home to Southend maintains their unbeaten run at home.

And Ricketts is confident the team can keep their good run of form going, starting at Burton this Sunday.

“To be disappointed by out points total is a good sign,” said Ricketts.

“There’s still a lot more football to be played, but it has been a really good start.

“If you’d have asked anyone, they’d have said ten points from five games is good. It’s two points per game and that over the course of the season may be good enough for promotion.

“Of course it’s early, but overall we’ve started well.”

Ricketts played a key role against Southend on Monday night having won a penalty six minutes after the break, which Jim O’Brien missed, before heading home the equaliser 15 minutes from time.

Fellow defender Reda Johnson was the other City player on the scoresheet, and Ricketts revealed that the pair have been working on set pieces in training in order to help pitch in with goals.

He added: “I was just talking to Reda, he took his first goal very well.

“We do work on set pieces with Jamie Clapham and Oggy and it’s important that we score a few goals from them as they are an important part of the game.

“They got us back in the game, it was a simple goal from me and I thought from that point on we should have got three points.

“We didn’t play as well as we have been doing, we set those standards very highly.

“But the second-half we did more of the right things and we had the better of the chances, their keeper made a few good saves, we missed the penalty and had a few chances.

“I was right behind the save in the final minute, I thought Tuggy was going to score, the same as Rochdale, but it was a great save and not meant to be.”

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