Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Ricketts has attempted to dampen fan hopes of a late surge towards the play-offs, by proclaiming their current level is about right given their current means, as reported by the Shropshire Star.
The Shrews nudged towards a top six place in the earlier part of the campaign, but have since slipped to 16th, albeit two points behind Lincoln City ith three games in hand.
Despite the games they still have to play, Ricketts believes the table doesn’t lie and his side are about where they should be.
“We want to do as well as we can do, but we have to put in context where we are as a club. We were overachieving and (now) we’re perhaps smack on for where the club should be,” said the former Wrexham manager, who recent saw his side draw 2-2 in the FA Cup with Liverpool.
“I’m not saying I’m satisfied, everyone wants to do better, win more games and score more. We want to do more, but we can’t be expected to. The players are giving everything. We will always improve. This is a time, through circumstances beyond our control, we have to grind.”
His side have won once in 12 matches, that the impressive 1-0 victory against Bristol City in the FA Cup. They haven’t won a league game since December 21st and face fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley tomorrow at the New Meadow.
Shrewsbury are not in a relegation battle, but that’s thanks to Southend and Tranmere being awful and Bolton being punished.
It’s a good season for teams to build and to consolidate, with perhaps one relegation spot seriously up for grabs even after ten or fifteen matches.
The FA Cup run will have brought good funds into the club and Ricketts must now build, not stand still. Standing still in this division, this season is actually stepping backwards given the numbers and challenges.