Barry Roche column: Not pretty, but a good point

Chris McCready heads into the keeper's hands against Cheltenham.

Chris McCready heads into the keeper's hands against Cheltenham.

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Friday’s game can’t have been much of a spectacle to watch for our fans but the performance, at times, and the result were pretty pleasing.

The game was played in very difficult conditions and it was touch-and-go as to whether it would even go ahead.

I know a number of the Cheltenham players were trying to convince the referee to call it off without a ball being kicked and again at half-time.

The pitch was very hard in places, especially the goal areas, which actually became a little tricky late in the game.

But for me the ref made the right decision giving it the go-ahead.

Their keeper came up to me after the game saying it should have never gone ahead but I simply asked him would he have rather it be played on a Tuesday in a month’s time given that they had, like us, got a good point and a clean sheet.

It was never a night for pretty football and I felt we got stuck in and gave it a really good go against a team who would have pushed into the automatic spots if they had claimed all three points.

We kept their wingers, who were their most dangerous players, very quiet for the majority of the game and they came off the pitch knowing they had been in a real battle.

As much as I enjoyed playing on a Friday it still felt very strange not having a game on Saturday and to be honest I didn’t really know what to do with myself.

Don’t get me wrong, it was quite nice having the weekend off but you can’t beat the feeling of getting yourself prepared for a Saturday afternoon game.

The pre-match excitement hits you as soon as you wake up and there are few better feelings going home on a Saturday evening knowing you’ve worked your socks off all week and it’s paid off after a good performance and victory.