Brian Barry-Murphy says Rochdale squad must improve

Brian Barry-Murphy
Barry-Murphy has featured 14 times for Dale this season, scoring once

Rochdale midfielder Brian Barry-Murphy believes the squad must accept the blame for their current position.

Following the 0-0 draw with Tranmere, Dale are 22nd in League One and just three points from safety.

"We've been playing a bit better the past three or four weeks but I think as a group of players we haven't been good enough," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"If we're going to stay in the division our performances on the pitch have to improve drastically and quickly."

Despite rumours of Accrington manager John Coleman moving to Spotlandexternal-link this week, former youth-team coach Chris Beech remains in his caretaker role.

Beech has so far been unable to turnaround the club's fortunes having not managed a win in his five games in charge, since Steve Eyre and Frankie Bunn left the club.

The duo were sacked after just six months, following their struggle to replicate the form which saw Dale finish ninth last season under Keith Hill, three points shy of the play-off places.

Hill departed for Championship side Barnsley last summer with the former Manchester City youth coach Eyre taking charge in June.

Barry-Murphy believes their problem throughout this campaign has been an inability to replicate their form in training games.

"We've been good in training, but we've been saying that for months," added Barry-Murphy.

"Under the previous manager our training was excellent and we didn't do enough for him on the pitch and the last three or four weeks it's been the same.

"It's just that belief that we're going to go and score a goal and get in front, which we haven't done for such a long time.

"I think once that comes you will see a different side to us as we have got very, very good players."

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