Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea praised the consistency his team showed after yesterday’s victory over All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in Semple Stadium.
The home side worked hard to the end, despite the result being assured midway through the second half. O’Shea was delighted with that application.
“I was they worked hard throughout the last couple of games, and not just today. You’d be hopeful your team keeps the consistency of performance, that was the most pleasing thing.
“The priority is to keep on improving, to try to do better. We’re still evolving as a team, we had newer players in today but the older lads were trying really hard as well.
“We’ll take the next game against Cork and try to do our best there, in fairness to the other teams in it.
“We’ll try to win the next game after that, and if we do, fantastic, and if we don’t, we’ll have to start again. You try to do a bit better every Sunday.”
The manager was happy with his defence in particular. “Padraic Maher was good today but I thought the unit did well, Conor O’Brien was fantastic, given he was called in just before half-time.
“The way the game is played now, you have to have flexibility in your backs. Michael Breen did okay, was decent, but the performance was good. We worked hard last Sunday and it was the same today.”
However it wasn’t all delight for the Tipperary manager, with a number of injuries sustained. He explained: “Paul Curran, it looks like an ankle injury to me and of the injuries, it looked the most serious. Darren Gleeson was in trouble for a while in the second half but Darragh (Egan) went in and made a very good save for a fella sitting on the sideline for 60 minutes.”
But the prognosis on the longer term injuries is positive. “I don’t know how many (injured players) will be back next week. Maybe Bonner (Maher), the rest I’d say no. It was a great boost today to have Paddy Stapleton on the bench, he’s a leader. Michael Cahill is on his way back and is probably four or five weeks away. James Barry played for Upperchurch today, so we left him off. We’ll see how he is this week. Lar isn’t on the panel at the moment. We’ll see how he is.”
Though O’Shea had words with referee James McGrath at half-time, he wasn’t keen on revisiting the matter: “You react on the line once or twice but I wouldn’t be in the business of being critical of referees. I was talking about the consistency of decision-making. Sometimes you get annoyed but I don’t think it’s a good idea to criticise referees.”
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