Tipperary manger Charlie McGeever said his charges had to regroup and focus on the challenge that lies ahead after watching his side suffer a defeat at the hands of an impressive Kerry side in the Munster final in Killarney last Sunday.
He said he was still waiting for a performance out of the team, maintaining, that against Waterford, Clare and now Kerry, his team has not produced the performance they are capable of.
To progress further, Tipperary, he said, will have to eliminate the frustrating habit of starting games very slowly which has been a feature of their campaign.
On this occasion Tipperary were punished for a tame start, which cost them dearly against a Kerry team that availed of Tipperary’s politeness in allowing the Kerry man in possession too much time on the ball.
The Tipp manager, who has seen his charges now fall to Kerry in every year of his three year tenure, said the management team had emphasised the need to deprive Kerry of green flags particularly in the opening fifteen minutes so it was disappointing to allow them in for two soft goals that gave his team too much to do from very early on in the game.
He said Tipperary always struggled as a result.
“We would have been happy with the performance if we had got a performance and were beaten but we did not get that performance” said McGeever who added there was a lot of work to do with his players in the month they now had to prepare for the All Ireland quarter final.
“We have not seen the seven dual players for six weeks. Last Saturday was the first time they came together for six weeks since before the exams, he remarked.
The Commercials man said it was not an excuse but it was a fact of the matter that seven of his team had dual commitments which meant the time spent together in preparation for the Munster Final was not what it should have been. He was pleased with the team’s ability to take scores from play but said that with the forward line they had there were more scores in the team. They now had a month to work on getting their defensive strategy right.
“The two early goals knocked us out of the game today”, he stated.
He added that any day you play Kerry a lesson would be learned and today his team learned lessons that gave them all a lot of work to do before the quarter final. Leaving Killarney McGeever was convinced of one thing - that there is more in his players.
“There is far more in this group than what they showed out there today”.
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