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McNulty Praises Support

18 February 2024

Interviews

McNulty Praises Support

18 February 2024

Jimmy McNulty praised the supporters for their backing during Saturday’s defeat at home to Solihull Moors.

Cian Hayes’ third Dale goal pulled McNulty’s men level, but a goal either side of that for the visitors saw them take the points away from the Crown Oil Arena.

Despite the conditions and being behind in the game, the Dale Head Coach had huge respect for the fans.

“The first thing that comes to my mind, and what I felt at the side of the pitch in the second half, was a massive respect for our fans.

“It was one of the best that I can remember in a tough moment, after consecutive losses, the fans were singing away all second half. I thought they were absolutely amazing.

“I don’t think we can say too much at the moment, when we’ve just lost four on the spin.

“We need to be humble and accept that we’ve done things wrong, or that things have cost us from our own doing.

“Although I feel like a draw would have been a fair result, and the half of the pitch that we played in in the second half was a swamp that we couldn’t get out of. They kicked it into it and we couldn’t get out of it.

“We’ve conceded too many goals in the last few games, we’ve conceded too many chances. So, we have to go away and look at ourselves, including me.

“We just have to take our medicine, be what I’ve asked this squad to be all season and be humble. When we win, ignore any noise, and when we lose, take any noise we deserved.

“But in the midst of all that, just get on with it and go again. I felt grateful in the second half that the fans sang and sang on a miserable day.”

It was just the first time this season that McNulty had a full complement of players to choose from, with Devante Rodney the latest to return from injury.

“It’s unchartered territory. 30 games in before having the whole squad available, is unbelievable.

“I’m glad it’s been the hard way in my first role of management. It’s been amazingly challenging at times and a learning experience.

“Take results and performances out of it, I’m grateful we’ve got those players back. It’s surprising that it’s the first time we’ve had that whole squad available and somehow, we’ve stayed in the top half of the table, which is a credit to the connection between the players and the fans.”

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


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