Barry Roche column: Barnet sending off hurt

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I am a very positive person in general but the only positive I could really take out of Saturday’s game is that it’s the last time I’ll ever play at Underhill.

After a pretty good first-half everything that could have gone wrong for me after the break did, culminating in the first red card of my career.

It’s such a horrible feeling walking off the pitch and back into an empty dressing room knowing that you’ve left your team mates a man short for the rest of the game.

Fortunately I have been in this game a long time to not let something like that affect me.

I’m definitely not saying it didn’t hurt me because trust me it did.

That was one long weekend waiting for training to come around on Monday morning but I’ve long since learnt that you don’t get too high with the highs and too low with the lows.

I’ll always watch the highlights of our games regardless whether I’ve played well or not. Obviously I’m not hiding behind the cushion when things have gone well!

What I do if they haven’t is watch where I’ve gone wrong and where I can do better and move on.

There’s no point in dwelling on mistakes as that does nobody any good at all.

One of the most disappointing things is that I was forced to sit out a game through an incident that was thoroughly avoidable.

And as I’ve said before on many an occasion I don’t make a very good spectator.

Thankfully it’s only a one-game ban and I’ll be back available for selection at the weekend.

It’s another massive game for us and we will definitely be looking for a positive reaction after the weekend.