Barry Roche column: Devitt’s gamble paid off

Stand-in captain leads Andy Wright out against Plymouth.
Stand-in captain leads Andy Wright out against Plymouth.
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Saturday’s game against Plymouth was a game that looked destined to be heading for a draw but yet again we somehow came up with the goods to snatch all three points.

As has happened on more than one occasion this season our opponents might feel hard done by to be leaving with nothing to show for their efforts but that doesn’t bother us in the slightest.

The gaffer (Jim Bentley) has spoken in the press of the fine dividing lines in football between winning and losing and how we have been coming up on the right side of that line of late.

It certainly makes a nice change to last season where we seemed to lose a lot of games by the odd goal.

And it is often something unspectacular that can push you over the line in games like the one on Saturday.

Look at our winning goal. Big Kev (Ellison) was always going to shoot from that angle but Jamie (Devitt) used his head and thought he would just have a gamble off the back of their defender and see if anything came his way.

Nine times out of 10 nothing will but if you keep getting in there eventually the ball will drop your way just as it did for his first goal of the campaign.

We never really looked like losing the game but what we have this year is goals from all over the pitch.

We have players who can create something out of nothing and decide games where chances are at a premium.

But we are all well aware that it is very much early days and being resolute and hard to beat has got us in this position and under no circumstances can we afford to take our foot off the gas.