Barry Roche column: We can beat the best on our day

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I was absolutely delighted to return to the action on Saturday and even happier at the final whistle.

The result just shows how little separates the teams in League 2 and why if you can find a certain level of consistency then you have every chance of doing well.

Rochdale are flying high and have been on a great run of late but the way we outplayed them for the vast majority of the game shows how good we can be on our day.

We set about our jobs very well and deservedly found ourselves two up thanks to our ‘Little Mexican’ Jack Redshaw.

Everyone was buzzing for the little man scoring a brace against his old club even though Kevin Ellison insisted on taking the credit for his part in them with what he described as ‘buffet balls’ for Jack to just help himself!

Jack is an exceptional finisher and there was no doubt in my mind that we’d see the net bulge when he found himself in those positions.

Some of the goals he scores in training are fantastic even if he sometimes thinks that the ball is his and no one else is allowed a touch!

He is also deceptively strong and his hold up play on Saturday against a couple of big centre halves was excellent and certainly took the pressure off us when we needed it.

I, like most of the boys at the club, was delighted to see one of our old boys, Neil ‘Ned’ Wainwright take his first steps into management as joint boss of Lancaster City.

Neil is one of the nicest guys in the game with a wealth of experience.

He is a real football man and his enthusiasm for the game is infectious and I have no doubt that he will be very successful in his new role.