TIPPERARY manager, Declan Ryan, didn’t try and hide his deep disappointment at the effort or performance from his side following Sunday’s poor showing against Kilkenny in the National League.
“We were beaten all over the field,” was the straight forward summary from the Kilkenny boss.
“Kilkenny looked a lot sharper in every sector. Our performance overall was very disappointing considering the amount of hard work we have put in since getting back together.
“We weren’t too worried about the result if we performed. But we didn’t perform and we didn’t get a result, so we failed on both counts.”
The manager said a number of his players were involved in the Fitzgibbon Cup and other competitions, but there was no excuse for the overall showing.
“Kilkenny looked much sharper and fresher than Tipperary for whatever reason,” he continued. “During the first half the puck-outs were going down to their ‘40’ and we didn’t win any scrappy ball, any rough ball, any dirty ball in the forward line.
“We kind of got to grips with that early in the second half and made some inroads. But overall Kilkenny bossed us around the field in almost every sector.
“This is a blow to us. Any day you don’t perform it is disappointing, a blow. Kilkenny are the best team in the country, there is no doubt about that. They always appear to have the edge and hungry for whatever reason.
“We obviously have a lot of work to do. Losing the first round in this League leaves you under a bit of pressure. We will have to up our performances from now on.”