Barry Roche column: We shouldn’t need kick up the backside

Cheltenham Town's Troy Brown and Morecambe's Jack Redshaw battle for the ball. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Cheltenham Town's Troy Brown and Morecambe's Jack Redshaw battle for the ball. Picture: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

Although it was only our first loss last week at Tranmere, it was very important that we got back to winning ways as soon as possible and what better place to do it than at Fleetwood.

The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is often a competition that is under valued by a lot of clubs but we went there to win the game knowing that you are only five or six games away from Wembley.

It represents most clubs at our level’s best chance of playing in a showpiece final and apart from the first 20 or so minutes we were worthy winners of the tie.

They got in behind us a little too easily early on but once we got ourselves back in the game I felt there was only ever going to be one winner.

We defended very well as a unit and we looked like scoring with nearly every counter attack.

On Saturday, against Cheltenham, we didn’t really get ourselves going until an hour into the game.

We had no tempo or fluidity to our play and the gaffer (Jim Bentley) and Ken (McKenna, assistant manager) let us know it wasn’t good enough at half-time.

We were much better after the break but we shouldn’t need a kick up the backside from the boss to get us going.

We carved out some really good chances, particularly late on, but we had to be happy with a point.

Anything more and it would have been very harsh on our visitors, although I wouldn’t have minded that one bit if we had nicked it at the end.