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There Was A Lot Of Courage And Character From Our Boys - McNulty

20 September 2023

Jimmy McNulty says that his side showed a lot of courage and character in their 1-1 draw with Boreham Wood.

Kairo Mitchell scored two minutes after half-time, only to see his goal get cancelled out by Tyrone Marsh's header one minute later.

In a game where Dale were dominant in the first-half and then in the second period had to defend well, McNulty has come away from the game proud of his players.

"I'm pleased with a point overall at a very tough place to come against a very well-versed and successful National League team," said McNulty.

"As I said pre-game, they made the play-offs last year, pushed Notts Count all the way, and I can totally see why. They know what they're doing.

"They’re a big set of boys. They know exactly what they’re playing for and trying to do, full respect to them.

"They’re on the same page. Any team that’s all on the same page, doing the same thing is a difficult task for anyone. We’re also on the same page too, playing our way.

"I thought it was a game of two halves really. I thought that we were very good in the first-half. I thought that we had total control, really.

"I said to the players if you keep going in that fashion, the chances will continue to open them up.

"Can we be a little bit better with our final action? Yeah, I think we could. We came out in the second-half and got a goal.

"I suppose the one disappointing element is that we’ve conceded so quickly after going ahead. We didn't really give the opponent any time to dwell on what’s just happened, to try and recover.

"We helped them instantly get back to level terms. We had a similar thing in the last game, but we went on and dealt with that game and won three points.

"With the pressure we withstood in the second-half - because we lost our control in the second-half - with the wind we faced when the ball was constantly being swung under our bar, long throws, corner kicks, I thought that there was a lot of courage and character from our boys.

"This is a tough place to come on a Tuesday night. Overall, when I zoom out and calm down, I think it’s a good point."

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

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