Tipperary Manager Eamon O’Shea has called for a re-assessment of where his charges are at following their victory over the Dubs on Sunday in the All-Ireland Quarter Final tie at Semple Stadium.
Speaking in the aftermath of the victory over Dublin in the quarter tie on Sunday, O’Shea asked commentators to reflect on Tipperary’s form since the defeat to Galway in Pearse Stadium on St Patrick’s weekend.
“ I would also ask for a reassessment from the Galway game in Pearse Stadium 12 weeks ago. We have played eight times, won six and my belief is that we should have won the League Final and we lost the game against Limerick in the last minute. I just think there needs to be a reassessment of that from commentators.
“When you win six games, surely it can’t all be bad. The loss to Limerick was not a good result but there was a cycle where we were playing games within a range of playing well. I didn’t feel we went outside of that range. We didn’t play that well against Limerick - we certainly didn’t finish it. I am not saying that the assessment is completely wrong, I am just saying that you need to look at the whole thing in totality because there may be a different view there,” he said.
And, the Kilruane MacDonagh man expressed the view that there is something brimming inside the squad of players which the public has not yet seen - an explosion of fluidity and style, which, if it materialises will make Tipperary very difficult to beat.
“We need to move the ball a lot quicker and if we do that we are capable. The lads are really looking forward to it. They have real intent and I wouldn’t write them off. When you see the levels in them all the time that we see, and if we can manage to harness all that, we will be formidable. The trick is can we do that, will it happen? We work really hard to try and get that right and I do feel there is something in them that hasn’t yet come out,” Eamon said this week.
Stating that Tipperary did well to get over Dublin, but admitting that a lot of work is required in advance of the clash with Cork, Eamon O’Shea was giddy at the prospects of getting back on the training field and working on the Cork plan.
“Cork are quick and strong and we would certainly have to move the ball quicker to stand a chance of competing. My honest assessment is that we are coming in where have a lot to do to catch up. Even in longer term form over the last four/five weeks, Cork are ahead of us,” he said.