Barry Roche column: Positives outweigh negatives this season

Barry Roche goes up for a late corner in the Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle.
Barry Roche goes up for a late corner in the Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle.
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This season has been full of highs and lows but the most important thing is that we are still a Football League side.

That was our first objective way back when the campaign begin in August and although at times before Christmas it looked like we might have gone on to achieve something special, we have to be happy that we will be playing in League 2 again in 2014-2015.

We are a small club at this level and in truth, whether people like to admit it or not, probably punching above our weight.

That said, we certainly set our sights higher than a 54-point finish and when we went on that nine-game unbeaten run early on it did look possible.

If we could have kept up the same level of performance for a bit longer then who knows what might have happened.

But, and I’m not one for making excuses, when you have a squad as small as ours, injuries and suspensions take their toll.

We were stretched to the limit on numerous occasions and I believe that was a big contributing factor in our slump after Christmas.

I’m not that deluded to think that it was the only reason. There were some poor performances in there too.

Plymouth and Accrington away were real low points but in my mind the positives of the season far outweigh the negatives.

The brilliant win in front of the cameras against Wolves, pushing Newcastle to the limit and who can forget the comeback of all comebacks against Chesterfield.

But the games I’m most proud of the lads for were the wins away at Newport, Bury and Mansfield.

That might sound strange as they weren’t glorious triumphs like the cup game but the resilience we showed in those games was excellent.

Coming off with three points knowing we had dug our heels in and withstood all the pressure you’d expect a home team to put us under made for a great feeling at the final whistle.

The best feeling of the season without a doubt was when the referee blew the full-time whistle down at Wimbledon a few weeks ago. To get that result in a game of such importance, and to really give our travelling fans something to shout about was truly fantastic.

On behalf of all the lads I would like to thank all the Shrimps fans for your continued support home and away.

There are so many of you who pay a lot of money to come see us play and I just want you all to know that it is very much appreciated.

See you next season, Baz.