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It Was An Eleven-Man Performance - McNulty

17 September 2023


It Was An Eleven-Man Performance - McNulty

17 September 2023

Jimmy McNulty was full of praise for his team after their 4-2 win against Barnet yesterday.

Another brace from Tyrese Sinclair, Harvey Gilmour's first Rochdale goal and Ian Henderson's 140th goal for the club sealed the three points for Jimmy McNulty's side.

“It was a brilliant performance by the players," said McNulty.

"I thought we were total value today for the win. I think a lot of Barnet, they’re a very good team. I’ve watched a number of their games this season, and I was very aware of their threat.

"I’m just so happy for the players and want to heap all of today’s praise on the players and my staff for preparing the team the best we could. They deserve credit too, for the week of preparation that they have put in.

"When it comes to the Saturday, when it comes to being out there in front of the fans, it’s over to the players.

"The players as a whole were amazing today, they were so good. They truly deserve all of the credit today. They deserve to be out there reaping the rewards and appreciation from the fanbase, who I also thought were excellent."

Our Head Coach was very happy with the way that the four goals came about, commenting on how his side's work from training was shown in the goals from yesterday's win: "Amazingly, all of them [the goals] were training ground-esque today, and that is very rewarding.

"But it feels more rewarding watching them [the players] celebrate that moment, watching them consolidate their own belief in what they’re doing and what I’m asking them to do day in and day out, what I’m constant with day in and day out, even when it’s being challenged in the games when you don’t get wins.

"We’re always getting challenged from the outside. Even though we’re so well supported from the outside as well, there are still people challenging our belief.

"When we do score training ground goals like that, particularly three of them, it’s just so nice to watch the players celebrating what they’ve just done, knowing that they’ve practised it."

Before the game, Barnet were the league leaders, joint on points with Chesterfield [19 points] and had won their last three games.

After Dale handed them only their second defeat of the season, in what was an impressive performance from McNulty's side, our Head Coach said: "I thought that we were absolutely cruising at 3-1. Barnet looked out of hope really, and I thought that the things that they were resorting to we could handle, and we were handling them.

"I think that we gave them a little bit of a gift for their second goal, to make it 3-2 and to potentially bring some nerves to the occasion.

"But then we went a produced a fourth goal, and I thought that we were total value for the four goals today.

"I thought that we could have got even more. I thought that we looked very dangerous in all aspects of the game.

"That’s for a number of reasons. Having threats from both sides helps, and Kairo [Mitchell] helps them two [Tyrese Sinclair and Jesurun Uchegbulam] as well. Harvey helps the front three by playing in behind them, giving them the space.

"The four of them, being supported by the seven players behind, Louie [Moulden] making good decisions for the team, centre-backs and pivots making good decisions for the team, full-backs being in places that are really important for the front four to give them space.

"It was a full team performance today. The guys who got the goals were brilliant, but then what the other players did for those guys to get their goals, to get their assists, were just really important.

"It was an eleven-man performance, and we were total value for the win against what have been a very good, top-of-the-league team so far in this division this year."

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

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