Hagan hails Leitrim’s tremendous spirit

Robbie Lowe watches as his shot enters the net but despite the good position of the umpire, the goal was not given last Sunday in Aughrim. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Sean Hagan hailed the tremendous team spirit displayed last Sunday in Aughrim as Leitrim kept their promotion push very much alive.

Sean Hagan hailed the tremendous team spirit displayed last Sunday in Aughrim as Leitrim kept their promotion push very much alive.

After one of the Green & Gold’s best away performances in many years, Sean told the Observer “I think today I don’t want to go down the individual route but I think it was just a tremendous squad performance but again, it is all about attitude.

“The lads know we can only start 15 any one day, we keep telling them we will use 20 and we used 21 there again so it is all about the squad, it is not about the individual.

“I think our goal summed that up, it doesn’t matter who scores once Leitrim wins, that’s the ethos we want to go through the team and that is the way they are playing their football and they are enjoying their football.”

The victory in Aughrim leaves Leitrim lying in second place in the table, level with Tipperary and Clare on seven points but separated only by scoring difference as the game against Tipperary in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on March 30, fast acquires epic status.

And Sean hailed the impact Leitrim’s travelling support had on the County’s players in Aughrim - “The one thing I don’t want to forget this week is that it was like a home game for us, the amount of Leitrim supporters who travelled was phenomenal, I just want to pay huge compliment to them.

“There is no doubt about it, we spoke about it before the game, they really drove the lads on today.”

Although keen to keep feet firmly on the ground ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Dungarvan to take on Waterford, the Leitrim boss did agree that the win in Aughrim, a rare feat for any Leitrim team, is a major psychological boost - “No matter how well we played, unfortunately we can only go away with two points and the same two points are on offer next Saturday, we have to get focussed.

“Six days between games, we’re going to take it easy enough, we’ll only train once this week and we’ll be on the road again next Friday night and we’re after a massive two points next Saturday.

“It is probably a psychological boost, Wicklow are always a decent team so to come down and out-play them in their own back yard is a terrific confidence booster for the lads.

“It is all about self-belief and this squad is growing all the time. We’ll have all the time to analyse League table and everything else after next weekend.”