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Making Things Happen


11:24 23rd December 2013

Ricketts ready for quickfire four

Skipper Samuel Ricketts is confident Wolves’ character and determination levels will stand the team in good stead heading into the busy Christmas programme.

And Ricketts insists there will be no holding back or playing cautiously as Wolves take on four games in nine days.

The team showed plenty of character and spirit to come from two goals down to claim a draw at Rotherham on Saturday, and Ricketts is expecting more of the same to help keep the team at the top of the Sky Bet League One table.

“After two defeats on the bounce and being 3-1 down, it would have been very easy to accept defeat and play out the last remaining minutes of the game,” Ricketts says of Rotherham.

“But we showed what character, determination and will we’ve got in the side to not only get back into the game and make it 3-3, but we also had a couple of half chances to have won the game.

“We didn’t want to settle for a point, we wanted to try to win it.

“At 3-1 down, it’s easy to give in, but it seemed to spur us on and helped our game and we deservedly got back into the game and could have won it.

“We showed our character and we made things happen as a side because nothing is going to just happen for us, and I thought we did that on Saturday.

“It was a never-say-die attitude, we never gave in and I thought that showed in our performance.

“We now have two games at home, but every game is an opportunity for us and we go into every one wanting to win it.

“We don’t go into matches thinking about being defensive, we’ve got two home games then two away matches and we’ll be trying to win all four.”

Ricketts insists there will be no complaints among the squad about the busy schedule, and believes football is particularly special at the festive time of year.

“We’ve got four big games in eight days so it’s a busy period, but I’d rather play games than train, that’s for sure,” he added.

“Playing at Christmas is something you get used to.

“When you tell people who aren’t into football what your schedule is they can’t believe it.

“We haven’t got another day off now until the middle of January but it’s always been that way and you get used to it.

“I’d rather be playing games than training, that’s for sure.

“Football is about the fans – it’s about entertainment and there’s nothing better than Boxing Day and families getting together for the games – fathers and sons and wives and daughters coming to matches.

“It brings everyone together and hopefully we can put on a show for them.”

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