Rochdale boss explains what he admired about Sunderland's display

George Honeyman of Sunderland celebrates with players and fans after he scores the winning goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Rochdale and Sunderland at Spotland Stadium on...

Jack Ross's Sunderland boosted their League One promotion hopes as George Honeyman scored a late winner away at Rochdale at Spotland.

George Honeyman of Sunderland celebrates with players and fans after he scores the winning goal during the Sky Bet League One match between Rochdale and Sunderland at Spotland Stadium on...

Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy has opened up about his admiration for Sunderland after his Rochdale side were beaten 2-1 at home by the Black Cats on Saturday, while speaking to the club’s official website.

Both sides needed to win going into the crunch clash at Spotland with Rochdale in danger of relegation while Sunderland were aiming to force their way back into the automatic promotion places.

 

And it was the visitors who came away with all three points in the end. Jack Ross’s side were a goal down at half-time thanks to Ian Henderson’s strike but fought back admirably, Charle Wyke equalising before captain George Honeyman netted a dramatic winner in the 89th minute.

While bitterly disappointed with the result, Barry-Murphy was refreshingly gracious in defeat and even found the time to praise Sunderland after the game.

“The result didn’t go our way but we were up against a team who have been relentless in their pursuit of points all season, and I admired the way (Sunderland) went about the game,” he said.

“We scored and had good spells in the first half, but they were never affected and kept doing what they what they wanted to do. When they had possession, they’ve got very good players who can open you up at any given moment.”

Sunderland lost the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley just six days earlier but they deserve credit for the way they have responded, showing plenty of grit in coming from behind to win in Rochdale just a few days after thrashing Accrington Stanley 3-0.

Sunderland manager Jack Ross celebrates with the fans on the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match between AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on...

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