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"It’s been a good start to the season, we’re a much better team than we were at the start of the season." Coventry City's Sam Ricketts

1 October 2015

The skipper talks about the points tally, the atmosphere at the training ground and bouncing back against Shrewsbury here...

Coventry City captain Sam Ricketts believes that the fact the Sky Blues are disappointed by their points tally thus far is a good sign.

City have accumulated 16 points and sit seventh in League One, winning of those games, drawing one and losing three.

Ricketts believes that City probably should have more points, but that shows that the side are playing well and are heading in the right direction.

"We’ve played nine league games while everyone else has played ten and after that we have a points tally which isn’t one that we don’t merit," Ricketts said.

"We haven’t won games we should have lost, the only game where we won and didn’t really control it was Burton away.

"Other games we’ve lost or drawn we’ve probably done enough to win, so in that respect we’re probably under the points target.

"It shows where we want to be and how consistent we have to be to get there. It’s been a good start to the season and we’ve continually progressed. We’re a much better team than we were at the start of the season, players are improving and we’re getting better at controlling the ball.

"So we know we’re better than the points tally we’ve probably racked up so far and while it’s disappointing we haven’t got those points, it shows we're not doing badly."

Despite last weekend’s defeat to Bury, Ricketts revealed there is a still a great atmosphere at the Sky Blue Lodge.

The 33-year old would have preferred a midweek game in order to get back to the Ricoh Arena and immediately have a chance to get back to winning ways, but believes the players are ready for Saturday’s clash with Shrewsbury.

He continued: "The atmosphere has been good really good ever since I came into the club amongst players staff. It’s a real good atmosphere to come and work in every day.

"We probably would’ve liked a game on Tuesday because it was a frustrating result on Saturday and sometimes it’s nice to play straight away again.

"Football is about fine margins and the weekend was one of those. 17 shots should be enough to win the game and we gave them a two goal head start.

"But we’ve worked hard on the training ground this week and we’ve watched the Bury game back as a squad. We know what we have to do to put things right on Saturday."

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