Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has vowed that his side will bounce back from losing to Limerick in Thurles on Sunday for the first time in forty-one years.
“We have to go back and get things right and have another shot at it. And, we will do that,” Eamon O’Shea said.
“There’s fight in us - there’s definitely fight in us. Even though we didn’t get over the line today I think we will at some stage make an impact in terms of what we want to do,” Eamon O’Shea told the press corps in wake of the Tipperary defeat.
Despite leading by three points late on Tipperary failed to close out the game - an issue that Eamon O’Shea is aware of.
“We are very close to finishing it out, but very close doesn’t mean anything in sport. There are winners and there are losers. You are talking to losers,” Eamon O’Shea explained.
“I thought the lads gave it everything. I thought it was a much better performance than last year in terms of trying to go out and try to do the things we wanted to do.
“Having said that we were beaten today and these (Limerick) are worthy Munster champions. The Munster champions beat us so although we lost I believe we have something in the dressing room and I believe we’ll show it before the end of the season.
“We have a very disappointed dressing room, naturally. I don’t have any excuses. We were a couple of points up and should have finished out the game. We were beaten in the 70th minute, injury-time, so we’re disappointed.”
Eamon O’Shea was disappointed to note that his side had conceded 1-9 from frees and 12 in all (Limerick 8).
“We seemed to give away a lot of frees,” manager Eamon O’Shea said.
“I think we are a little bit tentative. That’s when your hurling isn’t exactly spot on. We had worked so hard to get our free count down - when we were under pressure we probably came back a little bit.
“I find it very hard to make sense of the game immediately afterwards, particularly given that we felt we were in the right frame of mind. I honestly feel they gave absolutely everything and am just in there thinking how do we get over the line in a game?
“That’s the challenge for me but we’re up for it, although we’re disappointed, there’s not a feeling in the dressing room that it’s season ended.
“It is very disappointing for the players and for the supporters who came for us.”
Eamon O’Shea also revealed that Drom & Inch midfielder James Woodlock, although named to start, was ruled out through illness - chest infection.
“We had a call this morning and three or four chest infections during the week. That’s why we didn’t announce (the team) until Saturday,” Eamon O’Shea explained before revealing that James Woodlock was too sick to play.