Straight talking was the order of the day for joint manager Brian Breen last Sunday in Aughrim, the former County star admitting that the score-line probably flattered the Green & Gold.
“Again, it is a bit of déjà vu,” said Brian, “We talked about it, the Clare game and the bad start we made there and I suppose we did well the first ten minutes, even though we were three points down after ten minutes.
“We were just slow off the blocks, it is as simple as that. I just can’t put my finger on it at this point after the game, straight after the game. Even with all the injuries and we felt very confident going into it, we felt good and we talked about all the things we needed to do but we just didn’t do it.
“It is very disappointing, listen we can make all the excuses we want with injuries and mounting injuries and all that kind of stuff but we felt that we had a team out on the field today that was capable of competing with Wicklow and getting a win out of it.”
Agreeing that his team showed a lot of heart in the second half, Brian was the first to admit that Wicklow may have taken the foot off the pedal – “We battled hard the second half, albeit, dare I say, when the game was possibly over.
“It is a problem we are going to have to address, playing well when it is too late, we need to play well for the full 70 minutes. We were sporadic today and we just need to learn to play for the full 70 minutes because teams like Wicklow and all these other teams are going to crucify you if you don’t.”
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.