It’s clear that BBM & Rochdale needs to strengthen this area in January

Brian Barry-Murphy started off this season looking promising. Some performances have recently taken a back seat. Now there’s a talking point of which part of the squad needs improving.

Rochdale currently sits at 19th on 10 points. However, at that early stages of this season, the performances looked good enough. Especially with Brain Barry-Murphy being new to the role.

Even though Dale started off the season suffering losses, they were still looking effective and were scoring goals. Since then, it has been a bit up and down. For example, they beat Southend one week 3-0 and then lost to Peterborough 6-0.

One of the highlights of the season so far was when they managed a draw with Man United in the Carabao Cup. They went on to get knocked out on penalties but it was a brilliant attempt from the squad.

To keep earning points and making sure performances are tight, this is the area that BBM should work on in January…

Defence

When Rochdale do concede, it seems to be a fair few that get past them. Fans have recently been commenting on how there’s a lot of pressure on 17-year-old Luke Matheson.

He’s a fan favourite for his goal against Man United. However, he’s very young to have such a role and be expected to keep up with League One football.

Brian Barry-Murphy clearly agrees as he has recruited an experienced defender. Paul McShane has joined the side for a short term.

While he’s experienced and self admittedly ready to lead the back four, he only has a contract until January. Hopefully, he will be able to guide the defence in his time with the Dale. The manager will then have to find someone who can pick up where he left off, in January.