Barry Roche column: Can’t put a price on outstanding support

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Being a football supporter can be a very expensive hobby.

Whether you travel home and away or just go to home games it really doesn’t come cheap.

By the time you’ve added up all the expenses such as your match day ticket, travel to the game and food and drink you’re easily looking at £40 -£50.

I’m writing all this because after three away games in seven days it will have cost our fans a small fortune.

But this support doesn’t go unnoticed and is very much appreciated by all the management and the staff.

At Rochdale last week there were only one set of fans singing and making their presence known and it wasn’t the home fans.

Thankfully we were able to pay them back with an excellent victory to set up a very exciting tie away to Coventry.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to repeat those heroics at top of the table Gillingham at the weekend but it certainly was not through lack of effort.

We pushed the league leaders all the way and definitely deserved something out of the game.

Gills manager Martin Allen was very complimentary of us after the game and said we were by far the best side they have faced at home so far.

That is always nice to hear, even though it obviously doesn’t make up for the fact we lost the game.

It does, however, give us confidence that we are moving in the right direction.

I have to mention the massive contribution Izak Reid has played in the last two games.

Reidy hasn’t played a lot of games of late and naturally has been very disappointed about that.

But you certainly wouldn’t have noticed that with the performances he put in.

He was absolutely outstanding at Rochdale and again on Saturday.

He needs to take a lot of credit for the way he has applied himself in training each and every day to ensure he was ready to take his chance when called upon and he did just that.