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It Was A Scrap - McNulty

29 January 2023


It Was A Scrap - McNulty

29 January 2023

Jim McNulty felt there wasn’t much between Dale and Carlisle United on Saturday.

John-Kymani Gordon’s early goal was all that separated the two teams, in a game the defender admitted was scrappy.

“It was a scrap all game,” said McNulty.

“I don’t think there was a lot of quality in it. They [Carlisle] are all singing from the same hymn sheet – they know what they’re doing, and you can see why they’re fourth in the table. They’re an efficient side, they turn the ball, the hustle for it, they play second balls well through midfield.

“Having looked back, and we don’t have VAR, but if we did, we know the game would have had a different result today.

“Hendo’s goal late on is onside, Devante Rodney’s penalty incident is a certain penalty.

“There’s a blatant red card on myself, which VAR would have mopped up, then it’s a different game against ten men in the first-half.

“There's a slight feeling of disappointment because we know the result could have gone a different way. I do feel that we were right there in the scrap with them, all game.

“I see us turning a corner. I think we’ve made three very good signings in the last couple of days, which the fans can take heart from.

“D’Mani [Mellor] and Owen [Dodgson] were very promising today. It gives you a lift when new singings come into the building and it’s a nice feeling. It gave a lift to us today.

“I know the fans need a lift, they really do, and we tried to give it them. But small things like that can give us a lift as a team and that can end up throughout the stadium.

“The fans were quite receptive to how we played today, and I think they could see that we were right up there with a team that’s up there in the table.

“I’m hoping we are showing signs of being ready for what’s required in the last part of the season.”


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