Barry Roche column: It’s a squad game

Jordan Burrow helped change the game for The Shrimps at Dagenham on Saturday.
Jordan Burrow helped change the game for The Shrimps at Dagenham on Saturday.

Football being a squad game has never been more evident during my time with the club than it was at Dagenham on Saturday.

When we needed a little spark to get us back in the game the subs that the gaffer sent on carried out their jobs absolutely brilliantly.

Big Drago (Jordan Burrow) came on and ruffed up their centre halves, causing them loads of problems.

The Little Mexican (Jack Redshaw) found gaps in between their midfield and back four and set up both goals brilliantly and Ryan ‘Ronnie’ Williams showed unbelievable composure in front of goal and finished superbly.

The way they came on and changed the game is testament to the lads’ attitudes and professionalism.

I say this because all three of them would no doubt have been disappointed not to have been selected in the starting line-up.

But what better way to give the Gaffer a selection headache, a welcome one I’m sure, than to go on and produce the goods when we really needed them to.

It certainly made the long journey back up north a lot more enjoyable as I’m sure it was for the fans on the supporters’ bus that made the trip.

I did enjoy their little sing off against the group of kids sat just across the stand from them. Obviously the Shrimps fans were much better!

We haven’t got the biggest squad in the league but what we do have in the squad is quality. Especially with the likes of Ryan and Chris Holroyd coming in and giving everybody a bit of a lift like new additions to a squad tend to do.

The two lads just give us that little bit extra if we find ourselves short on numbers like we have done on the odd occasion due to injuries and suspension this season.