ANTRIM boss Liam Bradley was sticking to his guns about Donegal’s conversion to ‘puke football’ after yesterday’s Ulster championship defeat to their hosts in Ballybofey.
Earlier in the week he attracted plenty of ire in the north west for his attack on the style employed by Jimmy McGuinness and company.
But Bradley remains steadfast in his convictions and offered yesterday’s war of attrition as proof of his claims.
He blasted: “It must have been terrible viewing for the people back home watching. I know if I had to pay in to watch that I wouldn’t do it.
“I was quoted talking about puke football earlier this week but that is the modern game. That is the way teams are set-up so unless there is some rule change, you are going to see more of the same year in, year out.
“It is a pity that I hadn’t two or three forwards that were able to break tackles; if I had those guys, we certainly would have won that game. If I had a couple of forwards that were able to break tackles and draw more frees we would have won that game.”
And he hinted the referee showed greater leniency towards the hosts.
He reasoned: “Donegal had guys that were able to draw frees easier than us and that was the difference between the two teams. The goal at the end was only the result that we had got a guy sent off. I didn’t see the incident but if it was Michael Murphy, would be have been sent off?”
McGuinness wasn’t in the mood to be drawn into a war of words with his counterpart. Instead he preferred to concentrate on their last eight date with Cavan.
“It’s championship football, there were nerves there,” he said of yesterday’s showing.
“The main thing is that we’ve won the match and we’re in the first round proper. We have a month to adjust our game plan and make ourselves better in a few areas.
“A lot was made during the week about defensive systems but from our perspective every game is different. Some days you have to be offensive some days defensive. But the key thing is to get a good foundation and try to use the ball cleverly. The disappointing thing was we didn’t use it cleverly. If we want to progress we must learn that.”
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