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One For The Supporters To Cherish - Barry-Murphy

14 January 2020


One For The Supporters To Cherish - Barry-Murphy

14 January 2020

Brian Barry-Murphy hopes the Rochdale supporters can cherish their trip to Newcastle United on Tuesday night.

Dale travel to St James’ Park for a third round replay in the Emirates FA Cup, following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Crown Oil Arena.

The boss knows how difficult a task it will be for his players, but says they will be doing everything in their power to do the support justice.

“Our support away from home has been incredible really,” said Barry-Murphy.

“The numbers that we have taken on the arduous journeys were significant in terms of the backing we had.

“The noise they made at Burton Albion was incredible and the pinnacle of the support was at Manchester United.

“It’s a superb opportunity for all of the supporters who have backed us home and away, to go and enjoy the occasion.

“We hope everyone cherishes it and we’ll do everything in our power to do that justice.

“It gives us a lot of belief that we’re in pretty good form and the results have started to reflect that.

“We always believed in that, but until it happens, you’re almost just waiting for it. There were elements of the first tie which we found very difficult but in parts of the game we were superb.

“The main aim for us is to make those parts of the game where we were very good, longer, which will in turn create more problems for Newcastle.

“We’re under no illusions about how difficult that is going to be, but we’re very excited to go and play them.”

Dale go into the game off the back of a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, with Barry-Murphy thankful his squad also came through the game unscathed.

“It was a great display by us and fantastic for the lads to get what their performance deserved.

“For once, we didn’t have any major injuries from Saturday, so we actually had chance to plan for Tuesday with a similar squad, with the added addition of Rhys Norrington-Davies coming back into the squad.

“It’s pretty much the same as Saturday apart from that. We lost a couple of players in the lead up to that [Bolton] game, with Ollie Rathbone (ankle) and Ryan McLaughlin (quad muscle), so it’s pretty much the same in terms of personnel with the added addition of Rhys.

“Hopefully, the other lads will be in contention for Saturday’s game at Wycombe Wanderers.”

The full interview with Barry-Murphy is available to watch on iFollow HERE.

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