Barry Roche column: Festive period will be vital

Morecambe exited the FA Cup at the second round stage at Coventry's  Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
Morecambe exited the FA Cup at the second round stage at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on Saturday.
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Ah well we wanted to concentrate on the league anyway!

Only joking. We were all bitterly disappointed that our cup run ended on Saturday especially as we felt we did enough to at least force a replay.

For the first half an hour we were the better team but if you don’t take your chances, especially against a team from the league above, then you will more than likely get punished.

But when Kevin Ellison gave us a lifeline late on I really felt we would go on to score again.

And if there had been a few extra minutes played I fully believe we would have.

Unfortunately I’ve never made it beyond the second round in the FA Cup but it’s something I’m desperate to do. I was part of a Chesterfield team that had a great run in the league cup and those cup game atmospheres are very, very special.

But it’s back to the bread and butter of league football now and a very important festive period that tends to really shape how your season can go.

With so many games in such a short space of time it can make or break you.

A few wins on the bounce would really put us up there and distance ourselves from the bottom sides especially with us playing two teams who are below us in the next few weeks.

*On another note, I was very surprised to hear Fleetwood had sacked manager Micky Mellon.

The Fleetwood chairman has invested millions of pounds in the club and has without a doubt earned the right to make whatever decision he sees fit.

Nonetheless with the club on the back of another promotion and sitting just a few points off the automatic places I think it’s a very strange decision.