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McNulty's Barnet Reaction

5 March 2024


McNulty's Barnet Reaction

5 March 2024

Jimmy McNulty gave an honest interview following Dale's defeat on Tuesday night, whilst looking ahead to being back at the Crown Oil Arean on Saturday.

The Dale Head Coach started by talking about his skipper, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who held his hands up following Barnet's goal within the first minute of the game.

"The captain [Ethan Ebanks-Landell], being the way he is, instantly put his hand up and wanted to apologise to the changing room before he even allowed me to say anything," said McNulty.

"That’s the kind of man he is. Those are the types of characters we want in the team.

"People that ultimately have humility and are accountable for when they make mistakes.

"Ebanks, from that moment, gave everything to keep the ball out the back of his net. He must’ve headed a thousand balls from right under his crossbar."

McNulty went on to praise the Dale supporters, as 129 of them made the journey to Barnet on Tuesday night.

"I said to the players there, huge acknowledgement goes to our fans tonight, the way they gave us a standing ovation after a 2-0 loss away on a Tuesday night.

"The fans need acknowledgement because they made that long journey down today and to stay until the end and to give us the support they did. It’s a magnificent sign, and I feel there’s a vibe about our club now.

"A vibe we can thrive and bounce off. Our last home performance was a brilliant one. The fans appreciated it and connected with us."

The Dale Head Coach then spoke about Finlay Armstrong, who has had his stay at the Dale extended until the end of the season, and Sam Mather, who made his Dale debut, coming off the bench in the second-half.

"Finlay (Armstrong) signing is great news for the squad. It gives us another good player. I think he played well tonight," began McNulty.

"Sam (Mather), we were looking forward to the prospect of having him as part of our squad at a time when we desperately need it. With D’Mani Mellor and Tyrese Sinclair being out medium term and Devante Rodney upon medical advice, we were unable to use them."

McNulty finished by looking ahead to the weekend: "Us, the fans, all as one in the Crown Oil Arena come Saturday, exciting day, exciting game, could be brilliant."

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

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