Neil Marshall column: It’s never nice when a manager leaves but that’s football

Danny Carlton, Barry Newsham, Neil Marshall, Mark Knight and Garry Hunter with the board at Giant Axe marking Marshall's achievement.
Danny Carlton, Barry Newsham, Neil Marshall, Mark Knight and Garry Hunter with the board at Giant Axe marking Marshall's achievement.

It’s always a shock when a manager goes but that’s football.

We knew they (Darren Peacock and Trevor Sinclair) were under pressure and needed results and we’ve got to take some of the blame for that.

It’s not a nice thing to happen.

We all rallied round though and there’s a group of us keeping things going - me, Gaz (Hunter), Danny (Carlton) and Mike Hale.

We’re all doing a bit and picked the team between us with Gaz doing the team talk.

We moved a couple of people’s positions around and I think it worked quite well.

We went 1-0 down but came back into it quite well. There was a bit of a buzz around the place and it felt like we were playing for each other and not for a manager.

In the second half Jacob (Davis) got sent off which made things difficult for us and it was backs to the wall but Mike barely had a save to make.

It was really disappointing to concede late on but a point with 10 men isn’t all bad when you think about it.

It was just tough to take because we’d all worked so hard.

There was a bit of a presentation before the game on Tuesday night but I think there’s been some confusion because my 400th game for the club isn’t until this Saturday against Northwich Victoria!

It’s something I’m really proud of. I grew up watching the club and still only live round the corner from the ground.

I don’t think it will sink in until when my career ends really.