Michael Ryan couldn’t disguise his disappointment after yet another tight defeat for Tipperary.
Following a similar vein to previous defeats like Kilkenny in round two and Galway in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, Tipperary were the poorer in the final stretch.
“I hate that term, it always seems to be a close one!” said Ryan. “I wonder would someone give us a beating some time soon, and I jest. It’s very disappointing for us and the group, we really wanted to progress in this league and we just fell short.
“We conceded that second goal, it gave us a little bit much to do.
“Although we certainly created the chances, we didn’t execute them very well.
“The story of our afternoon is that while we created, we didn’t capitalise on.
“Aside from a few very strong individual performances, we’d be quite disappointed with some of the shot selection and lack of sharpness.
“In some instances, that’s to be expected, it’s early April, we have to get our heads down now and prepare for May 22.”
Asked if such losses are becoming a major concern, Ryan replied: “It depends which lens you want to look through. We certainly don’t want this to become an elephant in the room for us. We’ve enough to do to work on our programme and that’s what we were doing all through this league.
“I assume you guys are aware that we’ve used a huge amount of players throughout this league but what we haven’t been successful in achieving here today is getting through to the next round.
“If we did, we would have all said, ‘yeah, the plan is good, the plan is on schedule.’ But it’s not, we’re knocked out, we’re going to have to use the rounds of club coming up for the guys in the next number of weeks to give them something different to focus on, and redouble our efforts for championship.”
Ryan reported Niall O’Meara was replaced at half-time due to a hand injury. “Beyond that, I couldn’t tell you the severity of it.
“He was certainly suffering at half-time. I’m certain he’ll have to get an x-ray on it but I’m not able to say with any degree of accuracy what it was.”
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