Barry Roche column: Wimbledon away day up there with the best

Kit man Tom Sawyer dances in celebration next to Shrimps 'keeper Barry Roche as Morecambe seal survival at AFC Wimbledon.
Kit man Tom Sawyer dances in celebration next to Shrimps 'keeper Barry Roche as Morecambe seal survival at AFC Wimbledon.

As far as away days go, Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon ranks right up there with the very best of them.

With so much riding on the result the lads gave absolutely everything to ensure we got what we needed.

We certainly didn’t have it all our own way though.

For the first 35 minutes or so we were completely outplayed by our hosts.

They penned us back deep in our own half and put us under an awful lot of pressure.

But as we unfortunately know only too well, if you don’t score when you’re on top then you will be made to pay and in two first half minutes we most definitely made them pay.

The Little Mexican Jack Redshaw capitalised on two defensive mix ups to score and create a couple of vital goals in our season.

After the break we knew we would come under pressure again but, cheered on by great away support, we held firm.

The feeling of relief when Podge (Padraig Amond) netted the third goal was immense.

The icing on the cake was a clean sheet, something we have found quite difficult to come by since Christmas.

It had been a very difficult week in the aftermath of our collapse at Hartlepool and to have that weight lifted off our shoulders was an amazing feeling.

It made the long bus journey back home a lot easier and enjoyable too. But we are not finished yet.

We have one game to go and we need to put all our efforts into giving another good account of ourselves for everybody associated with the club to try and match last year’s points tally.