Manager of Sunderland's League One rivals makes astonishing claim about Newcastle United

Manager of Sunderland’s League One rivals Rochdale has made an astonishing claim about Newcastle United.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 4:52 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 5:22 pm
WREXHAM, WALES - NOVEMBER 10: Brian Barry-Murphy, manager of Rochdale looks on prior to the FA Cup First Round match between Wrexham and Rochdale at Racecourse Ground on November 10, 2019 in Wrexham, Wales. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Dale boss Brian Barry-Murphy claims his side are set to pit their wits against one of European football's big boys, when Spotland – now known as the Crown Oil Arena – plays host to Steve Bruce & Co in the third round of the FA Cup next month.

Speaking after his side triumphed in a second round replay at non-league Boston United, former Hartlepool United defender Barry-Murphy said: “We are delighted to progress to the next round.

"I thought it was going to be a very difficult game and it was everything a cup tie should be.

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“We showed a different side of our qualities and the combination of experienced players and young players showed in the ‘never say die’ attitude.

“I am just so happy for the players to have got the win that allows us to go and play one of the biggest clubs in Europe in the next round.”

Rochdale will host United on January 4, kick-off 12:31pm. The game will also be shown live of BT Sports, with United's allocation today announced as 3,200.

Barry-Murphy continued: “We have had loads of different tests this season already – on and off the pitch – in terms of losing players and losing games.

“There was a real mature element to our performance.

“To get the win is great news for everyone at the club and provides us with a great feeling going into a brilliant part of the season."