Barry Roche column: We won’t let first defeat get us down

Barry Roche looks on as Shaun Beeley breaks forward for Morecambe at Tranmere.
Barry Roche looks on as Shaun Beeley breaks forward for Morecambe at Tranmere.
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For the unbeaten start to the season to come to an end in the manner it did was very disappointing.

We know we didn’t play particularly well against Trammere but at 1-1 and with both teams having 11 men on the pitch it was anyone’s game.

There is absolutely no doubt that the sending off was the turning point in the game.

And when the opposing player involved in the incident says there was nothing to it then that makes it that much harder to take.

But we have had some luck already this season and I’m a firm believer that these things even themselves out over the season, even though I feel very much the wrong call was made at Prenton Park on Saturday.

We knew going there that the home fans aren’t the most patient bunch in the world and if we got in front then there would be a good chance they would turn on their own team.

And walking in one up at the break it was clearly audible that they were doing just that.

Then if Andy Fleming had managed to put away his chance early in the second half then the game would have been as good as over.

But even with 10 men we still felt we did enough to earn a point. The lads kept their shape and defended brilliantly until we maybe switched off for a split second and it cost us dearly.

That’s football and we can’t and won’t let it get us down.

We have had a fantastic start to the season and we need to make sure we continue what we have been doing and keep getting points on the board early.