Dale hero­ics in Cup praised by Barry-Mur­phy

CUP FAIRY TALE

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - FA CUP By RICHARD PARTINGTON

ROCHDALE’S cup con­quests this sea­son have taken them to the foot­balling palaces of Old Traf­ford and St James’ Park – but Brian Barry-Mur­phy in­sists he got as big a kick out of a breezy night in Boston.

Dale’s FA Cup run came to an end when Steve Bruce’s New­cas­tle demon­strated their su­pe­ri­or­ity with a 4-1 vic­tory in Tues­day’s Third Round re­play, the Mag­pies hav­ing been held to a 1-1 draw at the Crown Oil Arena ten days ear­lier.

It brought to an end a mem­o­rable cam­paign for glam­our ties at Dale which also took in a Carabao Cup draw against Manch­ester United in the au­tumn on a night when the Reds pro­gressed via a penalty shoot-out, but the plau­dits be­longed to the League One un­der­dogs.

Re­flect­ing on his side’s suc­cess in knock­out com­pe­ti­tions, BBM looked back with great fond­ness on the oc­ca­sions his play­ers stood toe-to-toe with the na­tion’s best. But he was equally as en­thu­si­as­tic for the stops at Wrex­ham and Boston along the way.

“I’m to­tally in­debted to the play­ers for what they have achieved in the cup this sea­son,” he said. “I said to them at half-time they have given us the ride of a life­time and we’ve been to grounds we never thought we’d see Old Traf­ford, St James’ Park... and Boston away. That was equally as re­ward­ing for me! Wrex­ham was an­other. Find­ing ways to get re­sults at those grounds was down to the play­ers and we owe them ev­ery­thing.

“It was a dif­fi­cult first half in terms of the score­line – in our pre­vi­ous cup ex­ploits this sea­son we have man­aged to keep teams out when we’d been put un­der pres­sure, but we couldn’t do that and were 3-0 down at the in­ter­val.

“But we gave a good ac­count of our­selves in the sec­ond half and man­aged to score a great goal in front of our fans which was hugely im­por­tant for us, to be able to give them some­thing to cel­e­brate. “The play­ers were des­per­ate to give the fans some­thing to shout about at New­cas­tle. In the sec­ond half we were urged for­ward by the sup­port­ers and our at­tacks were spo­radic early on but we man­aged to pro­vide some great at­tack­ing in­tent late in the game and I was just burst­ing with pride to see Ian Hen­der­son and Fabio Tavares run­ning through, the old Rochdale leg­end and the new kid on the scene. It was some­thing to be proud of. “We had great sup­port through­out De­cem­ber when re­sults were dif­fi­cult, amaz­ing back­ing from our sup­port­ers. It’s been re­cip­ro­cated by the play­ers who have given the sup­port­ers ev­ery­thing. That has been really ev­i­dent and some­thing to be really proud of in the last few weeks when re­sults have started to go our way.”

Brian Barry-Mur­phy

Dale’s Rhys Nor­ring­ton-Davies is chal­lenged by Matthew Longstaff of New­cas­tle dur­ing the FA Cup Third Round re­play

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