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Roche proud of players despite defeat

23 February 2022

Caretaker manager Barry Roche says he couldn’t have asked for anything else from the players despite ending up on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline against Rotherham United on Tuesday night.

A first-half double from Freddie Ladapo saw the Millers wrap up the three points and see them strengthen their grip on top spot, and despite that, Roche admits on another day, the Shrimps could have walked away with something from the game. 

“The lads gave everything they had and they are on their knees in the dressing room after how hard they worked, and let’s be honest, on another day we could have had four,” he said. 

“When you are playing against a side who are top of the league and who are there for a reason, you cannot afford to switch off like we did in the opening minutes of the game.

“Their goalkeeper has pulled off three or four great stops, we hit the post, a couple of scrambles cleared off the line but I am proud of them and I could not have asked for any more."

Roche was handed the caretaker manager role on Tuesday morning after Stephen Robinson departed for St. Mirren, and Roche says it was never in doubt that he would take charge once offered the position. 

“Monday afternoon we heard that there was interest [in Stephen Robinson] from St. Mirren, I got a phonecall from the Chairman to say the deal was done and would I be caretaker manager. 

“The answer was always going to be yes, I would do anything for this football club and the lads have been brilliant for me. 

“It has been difficult for everyone, for something to happen like that and as quickly as it did, but I think you could see the reaction from the players with the performance that they put in."

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