Barry Roche column: Saturday summed up life of a ‘keeper

Barry Roche punches clear.
Barry Roche punches clear.
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After a great win at Mansfield last week we unfortunately couldn’t back it up with another valuable three points against Cheltenham on Saturday.

There wasn’t an awful lot between the teams before the break although we had to survive an almighty goal-mouth scramble just before half-time.

There were feet, heads and bodies being thrown in front of the ball wherever possible and we did brilliantly to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

Cheltenham started by far the brighter of the two sides in the second half and had us on the back foot for large periods.

But we were very resolute in our defending and created a couple of really good chances ourselves.

The goal we gave away was sloppy to say the least.

We conceded a free-kick in a very dangerous area and having seen the goal back, there’s no way I should have come for the cross and by doing that, it left their lad (Troy Brown) with an easy tap in.

As a goalkeeper you can make as many saves as possible but if they score and you should have done better then all those saves can count for nothing.

You’re there to be shot down but it’s all part of the territory and I, for one, wouldn’t change it for the world.