Late Rochdale double felt like a real kick in the guts
I HAVE got to be honest, the two late goals against Rochdale that prevented us from picking up our second successive win felt like I'd been kicked in the gut.
Those three points put Keith Hill's team level on points with Chesterfield at the top of the table while we remained in the same position that we were in before the game.
Rochdale showed themselves to be comfortable in possession but when they were chasing the game after we had deservedly gone in front, despite having more of the ball than us, they were not causing us any real problems.
They were keeping the ball in front of us and as the clock was ticking down I felt we should have been organised enough and disciplined enough to keep a clean sheet.
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Scott Brown had not had any saves to make and we should have seen the game out.
However, one mistake and Rochdale equalised in the 82nd minute.
We were then looking at being disappointed for dropping two points but we went on to concede a 93rd minute goal. From nowhere we had gone from picking up three points to losing the match.
Are Rochdale better than us? I don't think they are.
Did they look like a team who are at the top of the table playing with a carefree attitude and a belief that they are used to winning games? Yes they are.
We have had that same belief for the last couple of seasons and we have gone on to win games that either we perhaps did not deserve to or we knew that we would because we were in that winning habit.
I think that three points on Saturday would have not only given us an enhancement in the total number of points for column but would have psychologically given the lads a much needed, and well deserved boost in our season long quest.
Those three points would have put us much closer to where we want to be in the table but we have to deal with the result and move on quickly. As I said, the defeat hurt, but there is no way there is any self pity or feeling sorry for ourselves within the squad.
Monday morning at training we were ready to reflect on what had happ ened at the weekend but also ready to prepare for our next match.
Football, and this season in particular, is an ongoing learning process.
Where and how can we improve after every match is what we have been trying to do for the last couple of seasons.
We have to continue to keep trying to do the right things and believe that our quality will eventually get us to where we want to be.
Unfortunately, because we have had a poor start, we cannot just jump straight into the top seven. It is going to take an accumulation of points that we pick up over the next couple of months to be within striking distance of the top few places in the league.
Over those next couple of months we will get kicked in the teeth now and then but we have to keep doing what we believe in.
Once everything does click into gear the feeling of winning games regularly will be even better than normal.
Morecambe drew with AFC Wimbledon at the weekend and would have gone top of the league if they had managed to win their match.
The games don't get any easier but that is why we are in this football business. The determination of the players to improve on Saturday's result has been seen on the training ground.
They will need, as always, your continued to support to transfer it onto the Abbey Business Stadium playing surface. Picking points tonight may just be the first steps towards moving up the table.