Barry Roche column: We can’t give teams two-goal starts

Andy Fleming and Alan Goodall look to clear the ball out of a packed Morecambe penalty area.
Andy Fleming and Alan Goodall look to clear the ball out of a packed Morecambe penalty area.
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Being knocked out of the Capital One Cup in the manner we were was quite hard to take.

We played some really good football, at both ends of the pitch, and to go out to a blatant handball goal was a bitter pill to swallow.

We have done particularly well in the opening round against higher opposition in recent years and we really fancied ourselves to cause another upset.

The more the game went on the stronger we got and I thought it was going to be our night until Aaron McLean bundled the ball over the line with his arm. But that’s football and we had to just grin and bear it.

If ever the old cliché ‘a game of two halves’ applied to one of our games it was Saturday against Newport.

For 45 minutes we couldn’t get out of our half.

They used the extremely strong wind to their advantage and penned us in for long periods. We were definitely nowhere near our best but the conditions did play a massive part.

A few stern words from the gaffer (Jim Bentley) at half-time and knowing that if we got the next goal then they might buckle under pressure was what we needed to get ourselves back in the game.

Like so many times before, big Kev (Ellison) gave us that spark to start the fight back.

His first goal was an amazing strike and his second a true poacher’s goal.

After that there was only going to be one winner. We had several chances to complete the comeback but it was great to see Paul Mullin grab his first senior goal with a bullet header from Dev’s (Jamie Devitt) pin-point cross.

It was a fantastic second-half performance but we know we can’t give teams a two-goal start and expect to get away with it.