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McNulty Delighted With Ruthless Performance

22 November 2023


McNulty Delighted With Ruthless Performance

22 November 2023

Jimmy McNulty was delighted with his side's ruthless performance in Dale's 3-0 win against Altrincham.

Ryan East scored a brace with a goal in each half before Kairo Mitchell netted his tenth of the season in a great showing from Dale on Tuesday night.

Our Head Coach was delighted for his players and for the Dale supporters.

"I’m pleased for the team again, I’m pleased for the fans tonight, I'm pleased for us all at the football club," said McNulty.

"It’s a good win against a good team, who are making serious moves in this league. I thought that they showed tonight, in parts, what a good team they are.

"Credit to them. It certainly wasn’t an easy victory at all.

"I’m really pleased for them [the players], it’s massive for them. It’s massive for their own belief. The two teams [Aldershot Town and Altrincham] that they just did it against is big for them.

"The clean sheet is a big bonus. Big credit to Louie Moulden tonight for saving a penalty for us at a crucial moment in the game.

"Up until that point, I thought that we were playing amazing, certainly up until 1-0. I thought that we were playing some red hot stuff tonight. We were great to watch, and I enjoyed watching us. I was a Rochdale fan essentially. The boys were playing brilliantly.

"But that was a massive save from Louie [Moulden]. These things define games. They change games. You saw the way that the boys celebrated that save there, that was really big. Ultimately, that gave us the strength to go on.

"I thought that for how good Altrincham are and were tonight and have been this season, I can see all that, but I thought that we did a great job at nullifying them down to very few moments.

"It was a pretty ruthless performance tonight from us."

Kairo Mitchell has now scored eight goals in his last 12 games. McNulty is delighted for the forward, and praised Dale's number nine for hitting double figures for the season.

"I love him [Kairo Mitchell]. I love him if he doesn’t score because I was a defender, and anyone who does that much for the team, I can’t help but fall in love with them.

"I’m really pleased for Kairo to get his ten goals because, again, despite the fact that I love what he does for the team, I know how much goals mean to strikers.

"I know how that makes them feel. And it’s great to hear the fans singing his name. He deserves it.

"I do hear his name mentioned quite a lot from our other players when they come on here and do their interviews. They’re often paying credit to each other, and I’ve heard a few of them paying credit to Kairo.

"I think as a teammate, you appreciate what he does. It’s nice for some recognition in return in that regard, in terms of what all strikers love, and that’s goals.

"Ten goals right now at this stage in the season is certainly something to be proud of."

Watch McNulty’s full post-match interview via our official YouTube channel below.

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