ALTHOUGH John Evans has an under-21 clash with his native Kerry to look forward to this Wednesday night it was difficult for the Tipperary manager to even consider such a prospect in the immediate aftermath of the Premier’s eight-point defeat to Cavan on Sunday - a defeat that has plunged the Tipp footballers into a battle to avoid the drop to Division Four. And, if Tipp are to avoid such a fate they must get the better of Sligo at Markievicz Park next Sunday (2.30pm).
Only Offaly (on scoring difference) keep Tipp off the bottom of the Division Three table following four successive defeats - after the clash with Sligo Tipperary then face table-toppers Longford and Offaly at Semple Stadium.
“Look, Tipp are in trouble,” John Evans told the Tipperary Star on Sunday.
“They (the players) are annoyed and frustrated with themselves. I think they are just frustrated that they haven’t performed. It’s certainly not down to lack of effort and there are some people who would say ‘oh there’s something wrong in the dressing room’, but no, absolutely not,” insisted a defiant John Evans.
When asked if he felt Tipperary could fight their way out of the hole these footballers now find themselves in Evans added: “it’s going to be difficult, with difficulty, with great difficulty I would say”.
This term Tipperary’s performances have been disappointing. And, the glory days of taking on, and beating, the likes of Meath in Division Two appear very remote.
Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star