After watching his side surrender a ten point-lead in the second half, Laois manager Teddy McCarthy was a feeling a mixture of emotions after the game.
While pleased with the effort and commitment of the players, McCarthy spoke of his displeasure with the result. “I’m very disappointed we lost, that’s about the size of it. The lads are disgusted over there as well, but as I said to them if you’re going to lose, lose with dignity and with passion, and you have to feel the pain and the hurt.
“The lads there were disgusted and that’s the learning process for them. If they are in the same position again I hope they can remember today, and I hope they can learn from it and I hope they can go on from it. Personally, I’m very happy with it them, I think we’re heading in the right direction. We’ll be judged by the Carlow game, I have said that before and I’ll say it again.
“All these games are beneficial for us, no matter what kind of beatings we’re getting, I think we’re getting there in slow degrees. November and December is when you do the hard training and we didn’t get there to do that, a lot of teams in this division have done it. If we’re all around next year maybe it’ll be a different story, whatever division we are in.
“Certainly I’m happy, we started a couple of recruits and I thought Chris (Murray) acquitted himself quite well, we brought on Brendan Reddin and I thought he acquitted himself quite well. All I want is to get a panel of 20 or 30 players that can put their hand up and want to play for Laois once and for all.”
The emergence of Neil McManus in the second half proved to be a thorn in Laois’ side, and while the manager admitted Laois could have acted quicker to curb his enthusiasm, they had been getting some results form the tactics they had started the game with. “Maybe, but in saying that, what we did in the first half worked quite well, and I just felt we got a bit tired, and we couldn’t bring any more out because we only had a two man full-forward line, we just got a bit tired and in fairness to them they came back at us.
“You could pick a fella out but what we wanted to was close down the space and stop them getting goals, but unfortunately they did and there’s nothing we can do about that now. You win by tactics and you lose by tactics.”
It is Wexford up next for Laois, and with a relegation battle now a certainty, McCarthy hopes his players learn from this game. “It’s all running on for the Wexford game next week. We’re in the position now of being relegated but from what I can gather we have been given a bit of a reprieve, I think it’s the bottom two teams that go into a relegation battle, but it’s a learning curve and maybe this will stand to us in the relegation.”