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It's Down To Us - Mullarkey

17 March 2023

Interviews

It's Down To Us - Mullarkey

17 March 2023

Toby Mullarkey says he and his teammates know what the task at hand is, ahead of Saturday’s game against Swindon Town.

Dale have ten games remaining to try and avoid relegation from the EFL, starting with this weekend’s visit of the Robins.

“Results haven’t gone the way we have wanted, but anything can happen in football,” said the 27-year-old.

“There are still ten games to go, 30 points up for grabs, and we take each week as it comes.

“It would have been brilliant to get back-to-back wins [last weekend], but it’s fine margins in football. There’s a stone wall penalty on myself which didn’t get given, which would give us the chance to go 1-0 up and the game swings in our favour. I think we come away with a win if that goes in.

“We need to stay positive, take what we can from each game, and move on to the next.

“We all know the position that we’re in, but it’s down to us as players to go and get those results. There will come a point that it will be too late, so we need do it as quickly as we can.

“It was massive to get the win over Stevenage, the confidence was there, and if we would have got back-to-back wins it would have put even more pressure on the teams above us.

“We’ve got to remain focused. We know what the task is for us, and we’ve got to go out there and do it.”

The defender has started in all eight of Dale’s games since his arrival from Altrincham in January, drawing plaudits for his performances.

“Personally, I feel like I’m playing some good football. It’s been brilliant for me to come in and prove myself in the Football League – that’s what I’ve always wanted.

“Speaking with the gaffer [before the move] he said he was going to give me that chance, which he’s done.

“Although the National League is classed as non-league, the standard is still really good. There are some huge teams in there, some big players, lots of money gets spent in that league.

“The standard is improving every years because everyone is trying to get into the Football League. The likes Wrexham, Notts County and Chesterfield are all massive teams, and the standard is really high.

“For me to play in that league week in week out, it’s where I got my experience from and grew in confidence and has led me to where I am now.”

You can watch the full interview with Mullarkey on our official YouTube channel below.

 


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