In the aftermath of Sunday’s victory over Longford, Laois manager Justin McNulty spoke of his delight at getting out of O’Moore Park with a win, but it’s hard to imagine there wasn’t a healthy dose of relief thrown into the mix for good measure.
Laois woefully under-performed but got away with it, as Longford were simply unable to take the chances afforded to them by a mis-firing home side. While McNulty was glad to have gotten the win, he was under no illusions as to the job which now faced his team. “ We’re delighted to have gotten the result, but the performance leaves an awful lot to be desire” confessed the Armagh man. “It leaves us with major areas for improvement for the next day which we know are going to be required.
“We’re coming up against a Dublin team which are serious All-Ireland contenders, we’re under no illusions that we have to make massive improvements. At the same time, we have to happy that the team persevered and dug out the result, even though we weren’t playing well. In seven or eight positions guys were only playing to 60 or 70 per cent of their potential, so for them to dig out a result, given those circumstances, we’d have to be happy with that.”
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