Barry Roche column: A big relief to get our first away win

Barry Roche clears the ball forward against Southend.
Barry Roche clears the ball forward against Southend.
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After two consecutive away defeats it was a relief to get our first win on the road at Southend.

And to do it in the manner we did, against the odds, was especially pleasing.

We actually started the game pretty badly and were second best for the majority of the first half.

But just like last week, scoring so soon after conceding the opener, really seemed to knock the wind out of our opposition’s sails.

We didn’t particularly deserve the equaliser but we are definitely not going to complain about that.

It was a brilliant finish by Flemo (Andy Fleming).

He guided it beautifully into the bottom corner where a lot of players might have opted for power instead of precision.

The gaffer gave us a bit of a rollicking at half-time and it certainly seemed to work.

We flew at them straight away and before they knew what hit them we found ourselves two goals to the good.

It was great to see Jack Sampson, or Samsonite as he is known to us, get off the mark for the club.

His work rate is incredible and anybody who has seen him play this season will know how much he deserved that goal.

Just like Podge (Padraig Amond) last week, I have no doubt at all that there is plenty more where that came from.

After the sending off we knew they would throw the kitchen sink at us but the way everybody went about their jobs was absolutely fantastic.

The level of effort that went into preserving our advantage was brilliant.

It is safe to say that there were a few pairs of tired legs on the long, but happy, trip back up north!