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McNulty Disappointed Not To Win

7 October 2023


McNulty Disappointed Not To Win

7 October 2023

Jimmy McNulty says he was disappointed with just taking a point from Saturday’s game at Maidenhead United.

Dale were ahead at the break thanks to Kairo Mitchell’s sixth of the season, but the hosts scored twice after the break to turn the game on its head.

Tyrese Sinclair scored four minutes time to earn a point, but the Head Coach felt it could have been more.

“I think the team – and that means all of us – are disappointed with a point and with the goals that we conceded,” said McNulty.

“15 games in and a third of the season gone, it’s a good time to reflect.

“We’re enjoying this new chapter in the National League. I’m enjoying trying to make a success of it, trying to win games, with all the challenges that we’re under.

“We’re enjoying it, but we’re disappointed with consistencies that have happened against us and goals against, and we think there should be more goals for.

“There are consistent things that have hurt us in the 15 games – we acknowledge them, we can’t ignore them.

“I said in a post-match from a home game a few weeks ago that it’s really clear to me what we need to get better at.

“But how we need to get better at it can’t come from the marketplace, it has to come from within. We’ve got what we’ve got, we are where we are. We’re still adjusting financially as a football club to the drop.

“We’ve conceded in trends so far. There’s a trend of conceding from crosses, from mishandling balls into wide spaces behind us and how we deal with it from there.

“At the top of the pitch, there are moments of quality in certain areas.

“Everyone knows that if we leave a game disappointed, it’s usually because we should have won. I think it would be a travesty if we lost that game.

“What I can’t deny the players have got his fight and spirit, and it warms me. I feel fortunate, lucky and thankful to have that from them.

“The fight got us a point because it’s tough when you come to these places, and you get reversed from being 1-0 up.

“Your ego and confidence go through the floor, but I knew it would be tough. We should win this game today, but they can beat us because it will be tough.

“This is a perfect period of reflection now to look in the mirror, me included, to recognise what’s been costing us, what we can be better at, and how we go about doing it.

“We can’t do anything else externally, we’ve got to improve from within, because we are where we are.”

Watch the full interview with McNulty via our official YouTube channel below.

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