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Cold, wet and match reports about a loss yesterday to pore through. We’ve been here before, right? Okay, then, let’s get this over with.
The most relevant nugget from all of the above comes from Keith Duggan’s match report in the Times, where he has this post-match quote from Stephen Rochford:
“We didn’t get the kind of ball we needed inside and we didn’t make it stick. It was a good game but I’m sorry to say this: we have to move beyond good games and performances and look to get two points and that will be the stretch on us when we go to Clones.”
That pretty much sums it up. The ball we were sending in, particularly late on in the game, was very poor in quality – unstructured, unplanned, hopeful ball that Donegal mopped up with ease. Contrast that with the careful and well-planned way they used the possession they had in coming at us.
Stephen’s is right, of course, that we have to move beyond good performances at this stage but he’s also correct to note that nothing will come easy to us in Clones. Monaghan could well have nicked the win against Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday night and for sure they’ll have no fear of tackling us in their own backyard.
As the Western People (paper and digital variants) notes this morning, this is our worst start to a League campaign in 22 years. That was the 1994/5 season where we lost our first three games played in the autumn on our way to relegation to Division Three the following spring.
Relegation could well, for the first time in ages, be our lot this year too but, despite our poor opening to the year, our survival still remains very much in our own hands. I think that’s a sufficiently upbeat point on which to conclude this particular post-match round-up. Back later with the MOTM poll result – if you haven’t yet cast your vote in the poll, don’t forget to do so.
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