Rochdale 'best team' against Chesterfield, claims boss Jimmy McNulty

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Rochdale manager Jimmy McNulty thought his side were the ‘best team’ in the defeat to Chesterfield.

The Spireites took the points home from the Crown Oil Arena thanks to goals from Armando Dobra and Tom Naylor either side of a Kairo Mitchell strike.

“I have never been as proud in defeat as I am today,” McNulty said. "I thought we were amazing. I thought we were brilliant.

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Rochdale manager Jimmy McNulty.Rochdale manager Jimmy McNulty.
Rochdale manager Jimmy McNulty.

"I thought we pushed them all the way to the wire. I actually think we were the better team on the night. I thought we were the best team tonight. It is a shame that for such a brave and courageous performance we take nothing from it but I don’t feel disappointed.”

He added: "It kind of indicates where we are at versus Chesterfield when we are taking their fourth choice winger, maybe fifth choice winger, from them and he is one of our main guys. We are really happy to have him, Jez, but that is where they are at. Despite that I thought we were amazing. I thought for the whole of the second-half we had the ball and we had them in their half and we were probing constantly and they hung in.”