Tipperary footballers require a massive performance against Cavan on Sunday in Semple Stadium (12.45) to resurrect a disastrous Division 3 National football league campaign.
After three defeats Tipperary lie pointless at the bottom of the table along with Offaly and are desperate for a win to kick start their season.
On Sunday they have an opportunity to put the fifteen point mauling at the hands of Wexford behind them when they take on Cavan who last week defeated Sligo to win their first points of the campaign.
If Tipperary lose to Cavan then the gap between the teams above them will widen further and Tipperary will be plunged into a battle for survival.
A win however would provide a huge boost for Tipperary who, including Sunday have three out of the last four games to play at home.
“Our backs are to the wall now,” insisted manager John Evans who described last Sunday as his worst ever day in football following the demoralising defeat to Wexford.
Evans said he wanted the players to play the type of football everybody knew they were capable of and he was hopeful that a good display on Sunday would allow them build momentum to take full advantage of the three home games they have left in the campaign.
“We have to get back up and running again, a win is crucial but the first thing we need is a big performance in the first of the three home games we have left in the league,” said the Tipp manager.
In a busy few days for Tipperary football John Evans also takes the county U/21’s to Semple Stadium (7.30) next Wednesday evening to take on Kerry in the Munster quarter final. The winners will take on Waterford in the semi final.
Evans said the Kerry U21s were a particularly strong unit and a lot was expected of them and it was envisaged that they would be making a significant contribution to the senior team this year.
He said that Kerry would not be taking Tipperary for granted because of the success of underage teams from Tipperary in recent years and that he hoped the team put out to face Kerry would be very competitive.
““We have been putting in the work with the object of putting out a very strong team at this age group every year. The game is on in Thurles and you can be sure that we will not be standing off Kerry ,” insisted Evans.