Barry Roche column: We were pleased to have a clear week

Morecambe players celebrate their win at Cambridge.
Morecambe players celebrate their win at Cambridge.

At the end of a great week on the pitch for us it is safe to say that the boys are pretty pleased there isn’t another midweek match.

After an extremely physical encounter down at Cambridge there were plenty of lads nursing bumps and bruises on the coach on the long, but happy, trip home.

Cambridge were one of the most physical sides I’ve ever come across and they certainly play to their strengths.

They have height all over the pitch and we had to earn every bit of that win on Saturday.

Every single one of the lads stood up to the challenge and it was summed up by Laurence Wilson playing the last 15 minutes up front even though he was injured as we had already used our allocation of subs.

And what a full debut it was for Paul Mullin. It definitely isn’t one he will forget in a hurry.

Two vital goals and a couple of stitches to a nasty head wound but as he will tell you, it was very much worth it.

Four days earlier and we again had to dig deep to gain maximum points against Oxford.

We were without the ball for long periods of the game but we kept our shape really well and limited them to very few chances.

The big talking point was probably the diving incident near the end.

In my opinion it wasn’t a penalty and I have no reason to lie now.

My arm did catch their lad but he admitted to me after he was booked that he was already on the way down due to his heavy touch.

Thankfully on this occasion the decision went for us and enabled us to maintain our winning start to the season.