Liam Sheedy wasn't too down after Tipperary's surprise Allianz Hurling League quarter-final defeat to Dublin, although he admitted that is was poor day at the office.
He admitted that his charges were left to rue a tally of 18 wides as the Dubs claimed a first victory on Tipperary soil since 1946. He said that Dublin came with a lot going for them after an impressive league campaign so far.
“Dublin topped Division 1B so we knew they were going to come with a lot. They played with the breeze in the first half and got out of the blocks pretty quick and got into a few points of a lead,” said Sheedy.
He continued. “I thought when we got it back to 1-7 to 0-7, I thought we had the finger on the pulse at that stage. But I didn’t feel we found rhythm in that first half.
“We went four points down at half time and to be fair to Dublin they were full value for it. We did have chances in that first half that we didn’t take and that we expected to take.
“That would be disappointing. We had a chat at half time, and the fact there was a strong breeze there, we didn’t feel we were in a bad position so we came back out and within a few minutes were back level at 0-13 each.
“ I thought we might push on but it was a day we struggled to put the ball between the posts. We hit eighteen wides, they had six and if you are going to miss the target eighteen times, you will pay the price for it,” said the Tipp supremo
“Dublin were spirited and showed greater hunger on the pitch and outworked us for much of the seventy minutes and from our point of view it was very disappointing,” he added.
With a lot of rain in the previous twenty four hours which resulted in very slippery underfoot conditions was it difficult to play hurling?
“I would not blame the weather conditions. Any day you are playing in January, February and March in poor weather, the weather conditions were better than they were against Clare (first round of the Allianz League) when we hurled the finest. We don’t have any complaints.
“Mattie Kenny and his team came down (to Thurles), they had a plan and they hit us hard in the air and won good ball and they were winning the breaks.
“When you win the breaks, the ball in the air and the tackle count, you are generally in a really good place and we paid a heavy price." said Sheedy.
Sheedy didn’t see it as a failure and returned to the past six games when he felt that Tipp played well at times.
“We were unfortunate in this league as we lost three games by the narrowest of margins. We have showed patches of our play throughout the league that showed the capabilities within this team.
“ Over the next couple of weeks we have to find out consistency or we will find ourselves to a similar position we found ourselves last year,” he added.
Sheedy happy to see Maher return
In the 47th minute of last Saturday night's Allianz Hurling league quarter final defeat to Dublin, Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy sent Brendan Maher into action.
The Borris-Ileigh man received a tumultuous welcome as he replaced Robert Byrne to play at left wing back.
It was Maher’s first piece of action since he injured his cruciate knee ligaments against Clare in the Munster championship the previous June and Sheedy was very happy to see the former Tipp All-Ireland winning captain make a return.
“It is great to see Brendan getting in on the pitch. He had a long road to recovery. He has been hugely disciplined in terms of his approach.
“I’m delighted for him. His return is good for the squad. He stood over a free late on and put it over the bar and he has a few weeks ahead of him where he can knuckle down and we all have to knuckle down and get ready for the championship.”