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Looking Forward To It - McNulty & Keohane

15 August 2023

Head Coach Jimmy McNulty and full-back Jimmy Keohane say they are looking forward to Tuesday's game against Woking.

Dale picked up their first win of the season on Saturday after beating Oxford City 1-0, thanks to Ian Henderson's 72nd minute close-range finish, following a well-worked Dale move that included 14 passes.

Jimmy Keohane was the man who rolled the ball across to Dale's all-time leading record goalscorer to tap home. 

The 32-year-old said: "It's great to get off the mark and get that win. We can build on it now and get a bit of momentum going."

It's going to be a quick turnaround for Dale with two big trips in the space of four days.

"We've got to get back, recover and look forward to Tuesday now," said Keohane.

"It's another game. They might bring something different than what Oxford [City] did today [Saturday], but we've got to prepare well.

"We're looking forward to it."


On the quick turnaround, Head Coach Jimmy McNulty said:

"Logistically it's a heavy turnaround. Down, back up and down again for another game all in a short space of time with the physical and emotional challenges of the game.

"But, I think it'll be a different type of game. We've watched plenty of Woking, as we have watched plenty of all of our opponents.

"It will be a different challenge against a team that plays a different style. But, we will look to counter that style in the best way possible and use our players to try and hurt the opposition as much as possible.

"We're looking forward to it."

There were two notable admissions on Saturday with Max Taylor and Devante Rodney missing from the 16-man squad. 

Dale's Head Coach commented: "Devante Rodney's ill. He's been ill all week.

"He tried to come in yesterday [Friday] hoping to take a place in the squad, but he couldn't do it. He was just too unwell.

"That's where we're at with Dev, he's got a viral infection.

"Max, unfortunately, had a knock to the head yesterday [Friday] and wasn't feeling too great. So, it's just very important that we observe and stick to the concussion protocols, because it's important that we take care of our players first and foremost."

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