CORK'S Brian Barry-Murphy was proud of his Rochdale side after coming close to a massive upset at Old Trafford.
The League One outfit produced a heroic display and took Manchester United all the way to a penalty shootout in the third round of the League Cup, with former Cork-City players Stephen Dooley and Jimmy Keohane start, though Eoghan O'Connell was marked absent through injury.
Rochdale always looked to pass the ball out in an attractive manner on Wednesday night, with the style Barry-Murphy is trying to implement in full evidence
“Our players are very passionate about the way we play and to be successful that way. It would be foolish of me to try and change any of that,” said Barry-Murphy.
“It makes me very proud to see them continue that in one of the most famous arenas in the world.
“In our academy, we coach our players from a very young age to play a certain way. In the last few weeks, there has been a lot of attention on our attacking play.
“We are not trying to be like anyone else. We are trying to be like our own club from the Rochdale area, reflect that region and not be like anyone from Spain
“For whatever spells we had the ball, our lads were convinced that we could be consistant with the way we have played all season. However limited our spells of possession were, we displayed our personaility I felt throughout the game. That was the most rewarding thing for me.
“I thought we would get chances to win it. We generally create chances in every game and the lads have got a great belief in that.
“You are always in the lap of the gods when the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are passing the ball around. But I thought we would create chances and we did.” A
ccording to Barry-Murphy, this display against a Premier League side should give Rochdale plenty of encouragement for their League One journey over the next few months.
“We haven’t got a pretty big squad. So in terms of personal we would have been stretched right to the limit tonight.
“In terms of squad size, we would be one of the smallest in League One. The benefits of that are we get to use our young players on occasions like this.
“Those benefits were there to see tonight. There will be spells this season we will lose games in the league, that is just the way it is.
“As long as we are trying to aggressive and try to play the way we want to play, I think we will be ok.”