Cats boss Brian Cody acknowledged yesterday that next week’s clash with Tipperary is now a "huge game" for his team as they seek their second win of the campaign.
“Yeah, I think they won today. Obviously, it’s a huge game for us on two points. We’d like to get four points after next Sunday. It’s just dead tight and that’s what the league is.
“The effort was good to the very end (against Galway), I’ve no complaints about it. It was tough going. The pitch was demanding, we’ll say, but that’s the way it went.
“I hadn’t thought about Joe (Canning), to be honest but it’s been a while since he got the finger injury. But he’s a handy sub to bring on.”
The Kilkenny manager still hopes to avoid the relegation play-off: “I’d prefer to play the other game on that Sunday, a quarter-final I think. We don’t want to be in relegation but we have to fight our way.
“Last year we lost two games in the league and we won the league so it’s possible for us to qualify for the quarter-finals and the thing goes on then. The next game is big, obviously.”
His opposite number said two wins “does and doesn’t” take the pressure off his side.
“I still think you have to get six points to qualify,” said Anthony Cunningham.
“There are three teams on four, Kilkenny are on two and Clare on none — that’ll make for an interesting finish to the league.”
He was glad to welcome Joe Canning back: “Joe was delighted to get back because he had an unfortunate break, we needed him there in the second half. His touch is always going to good and he worked hard over the winter
“We do need to work to get to the level of Kilkenny. We want to get to the knock-out stages of the league.”
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