Ricketts calls for instant repeat of Hull demolition

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , sports writer

WANDERERS defender Sam Ricketts is calling for a repeat home performance when the Whites entertain Peterborough United tonight after Saturday’s stunning 4-1 triumph over promotion-chasing Hull City.

It is a different proposition for Ricketts and his colleagues against a side at the other end of the spectrum, propping up the Championship table.

But the Wales international is not expecting it to be any less of a test, particularly after being part of the side that lost 5-4 at London Road earlier this season.

In contrast to Saturday, when it was the Whites who scored early goals to lead 3-0 after just eight minutes at the Reebok, Posh netted twice inside six minutes in the first meeting this season.

Ricketts hopes it will be different this time as Wanderers look to build on Saturday’s display and extend a run that has seen them unbeaten in four home league fixtures and take 10 points from 12 in those matches.

He said: “The away game at Peterborough was strange and we all remember that.

“That game is long gone now. There were reasons on the day it went like that but we are just looking at ourselves and imposing our quality on the opposition.

“We have a little bit of rectifying to do because of that game.

“They (Peterborough) were on a great run of form before Saturday and there are no easy games.

“A win like Saturday’s will give you confidence but we know ourselves the performance is in there.

“We just haven’t done it as consistently as we would have liked.

“That’s been the frustrating thing. It’s up to us to continue it for the rest of the season.

“We have to emulate our first half performance against Hull and add to it.

“There are still things to improve on, even with a 3-0 half-time lead.”

On a personal level, Ricketts kept his place in the starting line-up for the second match running against his old side despite, by his own admission, being the culprit for Derby’s equaliser a week ago at Pride Park.

The full-back, now 31, is experienced and honest enough to accept mistakes happen but says the team is united and the finger of blame is never an issue.

He believes that togetherness and commitment to the cause as a whole can see the Whites continue their climb up the Championship table.

Ricketts, who was part of new League Cup winners Swansea’s renaissance less than a decade ago, added: “We score as a team and defend as a team.

“I am my own worst critic and I know when I do things well and I do things badly.

“Sometimes you come off thinking you play well and other people haven’t; other times I think maybe it wasn’t the best day but someone else will say you played really well.

“As a player you know what you should and shouldn’t do in a game. You learn from your mistakes and move on.

“I held my hands up at Derby but no one pointed the finger or ranted and raved.

“It’s just the same if someone missed an open goal – I wouldn’t have ranted and raved at a centre forward.

“No-one goes out there to make a mistake and we need to stick together as a team.”

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