Barry Roche column: Saturday certainly wasn’t the prettiest

Barry Roche in action against Northampton. Picture: Sharon Lucey
Barry Roche in action against Northampton. Picture: Sharon Lucey
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To some people a point at second bottom Northampton might not seem a very good result but I couldn’t disagree more.

Sixfields is never an easy place to go and they are without doubt in a false league position and I can’t see them lingering at the foot of the table for very long.

I think they are suffering a bit of a hangover from losing in last season’s play-off final but they have the players to get themselves out of trouble.

We watched a DVD of their last game on Friday so we knew what kind of game to expect although all Aidy Boothroyd’s teams play the same way...the long ball!

Their team sheet came as a bit of surprise for us with (Clive) Platt and (Jacob) Blyth missing but Northampton still played route one football even though their replacement front men weren’t the biggest and I don’t think they really caused us too many problems.

It can’t have been a very pretty game to watch from a supporter’s point of view.

We probably edged it without having any really clear-cut chances apart from when (Mark) Hughesy’s header was brilliantly cleared off the line.

From a personal point of view it was very nice to get a clean sheet even though I had very little to do in terms of actual saves.

The lads in front made sure of that.

September was an excellent month for us and we have to be very happy with our points return even though we know it could have been more.

We have a very tough October coming up where our squad will be stretched to the limit but we have shown how good we can be on our day and if we play to our potential we are more than a match for anyone in this league.