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McNulty's Post-Match Thoughts

7 April 2024


McNulty's Post-Match Thoughts

7 April 2024

Jimmy McNulty praised his side’s bravery in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic.

Dale fell behind early on but equalised before the break, and the Head Coach felt better decisions in the final third could have seen his side come away with more.

“I thought it was a commendable effort from the team, to be honest,” said McNulty.

“To go behind early in the game, in a disappointing fashion for us as a team, it could have gone a lot differently, but I thought the team rallied and I thought we showed real bravery.

“I think the day was quite tough. The wind out here at pitch level, the dryness of the pitch, the ball just wouldn't settle on it which made it challenging for the players.

“A lot of them have commented on that. It's a bit bobbly and the firmness of it was just a bit of a factor in trying to settle the ball down.

“I thought that's a factor that affected the game a little bit for us with the style that we try and play, not so much for Oldham because I thought they were much more direct than us with their strategy for the day, which is football. You have to face a lot of different types of strategy. The ball doesn't bobble in the air, but it does on the ground which made it tough for us to try and play the way we want to play.

“But taking all that into account, I think we were really brave, we stuck to our plan and there was a belief from the team that they could keep going.

“As the game grew, I thought we were the team that became more dangerous, other than a couple of breakaways [from Oldham] and they hit the post.

“When we reflect on the game, I think some of our final third choices, we probably will regret and definitely learn from, because I think the game was there for us.

“There were moments where, once we got to the final third, we just needed a calmness and make a better decision. I think the game could have been totally different for us.”

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

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