Barry Roche column: Mac’s injury soured a big three points

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Saturday is definitely not a game that will live long in the memory.

It was not a pretty game of football but three points is really all that matters at the end of the day.

We were far from our best but winning when not playing particularly well is a good sign.

We really had to dig deep in the first half playing against a strong wind and going in level at the break was very pleasing.

Plymouth played a very direct, long-ball game and penned us in for large periods in the first half but equalising so quickly after conceding really knocked the stuffing out of them.

It was great to see Podge (Padraig Amond) open his account for us too.

It was a brilliant finish by my fellow countryman and I’ve no doubt that there is a lot more to come from him too.

However, the victory was soured in a big way with the bad injury to Chris McCready.

It really was a nothing challenge but Mac obviously landed very awkwardly and is going to be missing for a few months as a result.

But he is a great pro and will definitely come back fit and strong when the collarbone heals.

We were all absolutely gutted to bow out of the cup last Wednesday against Newcastle.

The game was there for the taking in the first half but we just came up a little short.

We really took the game to Newcastle and could easily have gone in a goal up after the break.

It shows how well we did that they relied on bringing on Shola Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa to rescue the game for them.

Because up until their introduction we were by far the better team.