Barry Roche column: Next three weeks will define our season

Lewis Alessandra gets in between Mark Hughes and Robbie Threlfall. Picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle
Lewis Alessandra gets in between Mark Hughes and Robbie Threlfall. Picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

I’ve written a piece for this paper on a weekly basis for quite some time now and this one has without doubt taken the longest to get done.

To put into words and explain what happened against Plymouth was really difficult.

To start with I’d like to, on behalf of the lads, apologise to the travelling Shrimps fans for the performance we put in.

You will have spent a lot of time and money travelling the length of the country to support us and you definitely deserve better than what we showed on Saturday.

What I can promise you is that we will be working our socks off this week to put things right and make amends for such a disappointing display.

We actually started the game really well and could have been two up before they scored.

But after they did break the deadlock it was one-way traffic and everything about our display was wrong.

First thing Monday morning we sat through the DVD of the game and the gaffer let us know, in no uncertain terms, that it was not acceptable.

We obviously knew this already but having the game dissected like that did not make for pretty viewing.

But we like to think we have good character and we have to show that now more than ever.

We are facing three weeks that will define our season. Every single one of us needs to roll our sleeves up and stand up and be counted.

And I assure you that is what we will be doing.

If it means getting back to basics and playing ugly football to win games then we will do it.

Starting this Saturday we need to come out fighting and get back to how we did things whilst on our nine-match unbeaten run before Christmas.