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Barry-Murphy Ahead Of Plymouth Argyle Test

1 December 2020

Brian Barry-Murphy hopes his team can carry on from their second-half performance against Northampton Town last week, as Dale face Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.

A late Stephen Humphrys equaliser earned Dale, who finished the game strongly, a point against the Cobblers.

The boss was pleased with his side’s performance and says Tuesday’s game is an exiciting prospect.

“We can’t wait,” said Barry-Murphy.

“We’ve had an extended break since Tuesday night’s game [against Northampton Town] when we finished on a real high in terms of scoring late on and chasing a winner right into injury time.

“The lads were very excited by our performance in the second-half and I suppose the fact that we got a reward for it, in terms of the result, was testament to the lads’ performance.

“We obviously wanted to win the game, that goes without saying, but we managed to get a result coming from behind again, which is a trait that the lads have displayed this season.

“Every time we’ve conceded or been behind in a game, we’ve always come back and finished the game strongly, and that was evident again on Tuesday.

“We’re looking forward to continuing that as we go to Plymouth, which is a hugely exciting game for us all to try and perform well against a team who have been so dominant in their own stadium.”

Barry-Murphy also says a weekend without a game has allowed for extra work on the training ground.

“It’s definitely allowed us to train harder and do more in our preparation of working on our way of doing things and improving.

“In terms of the schedule at the moment, it’s very much been play, recover, play, recover, so it gives us a chance to actually do some training and improving.

“It gives us a chance to get some of our lads into better shape physically and welcome back most of our squad.

In terms of injuries we’re very light. We only have Paul McShane, who is in the final stage of his recovery and is making huge progress, which has taken a huge amount of effort from him. He’s showing real signs of being ready to come back into our training group. Gavin damaged his finger on international duty and we’re still waiting for him to come back into action.”

The full interview with the Dale boss is available to watch on iFollow HERE.

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