It’s the draw we were both looking for, says Cork boss Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan: "If we can get our lads working hard, we know we have got the hurling to do it."

Cork hurling selector Pat Ryan reckons both they and Wexford got the second round draw they were looking for.

Both sides exited their respective provincial championships in tame fashion and despite first round qualifier wins last weekend, neither would have been fancied to progress had they been drawn against either Clare or Limerick.

“Liam Dunne said it in the Irish Examiner on Tuesday it was the best draw they could have hoped for. That is the reality of it. Clare and Limerick are ahead of us on the betting for the All-Ireland. I think Wexford were looking for us and we were looking for them. Liam was clear on that,” Ryan remarked.

“They will have no fear of us. Wexford have played us the last couple of years and we were lucky to come out on top. Wexford had a good run in the qualifiers there in 2014. They beat Clare and Waterford. We won’t be taking anyone likely. Consistency has been our inconsistency.”

On the last point, Ryan says their work-rate must continue on an upward curve if they are to make the quarter-finals.

“We have to consistently be promoting work-rate as regards a philosophy within the Cork panel and what we expect of our forwards, first and foremost.

“Look, if we can get our lads working hard, we know our lads have got the hurling to do it. A lot of scores come from turnovers and putting pressure on backs. If we can do that more, it will free up our backs to win more clean and easy ball that they can get back in quicker to the forward line.

“Contrary to the Tipperary match, I don’t think you could accuse a single player last Saturday of not putting in a shift or that he didn’t try hard enough. That is what we are looking for all the time.”


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