There was no hiding Mickey Moran's disappointment after last Sunday's defeat to Roscommon in Elphin, but he was quick to pay tribute to his players insisting they are making good progress.
Having seen his side fail to turn their first half superiority into a significant lead at the interval, Leitrim were left to rue those misses as Roscommon produced an improved performance after the interval. "We're very disappointed because we had the chances to win the game," was Mickey's honest assessment shortly after the full-time whistle sounded on Sunday last.
"The boys are a bit down but having said that, this time last year we were dead on our feet, but at least this year we were working on our own before Christmas and did a bit since Christmas. The fitness levels that we're aiming for the first National League games is coming."
Focusing on the positive aspects of Leitrims performance Mickey noted, "I thought we actually played well, especially with a number of young lads on, I thought they played well. I thought the two Conors, Conor Kelly and Conor Sheridan and Fergal Clancy did very well and Ronan Gallagher for his first time at full-back.
"At least the football was what we are trying to do in training. It's just the option of, whether to hit the full-forward line or go on, was a couple of times missed. We were unfortunate with a couple of frees that could have gone over."
Going in to greater detail about what he will take from the game, Mickey explained "I'm pleased with the attitude, especially when there was so many new young players on the panel but disappointed we didn't take the victory because we had the opportunities. The football we played I'm delighted, but you like to get victories.
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