‘We will keep building on what we have’ says Davy Fitzgerald after Clare defeat to Tipperary

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald reacts to a score in Thurles. Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

There was no hard luck stories or rants from Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald afterwards. The clear pattern of the game from the outset meant that the Sixmilebridge man was resigned to defeat and had ample time to sift through Clare’s tired performance long before the final whistle.
“Tipp were the better team and every chance they got they punished us. We gave them two goals so we did and you can’t afford to be making mistakes like that but we made them and they punished us big time. Even without the mistakes, they were way better than us today so they were. They were way hungrier than our boys, they were fighting harder than our boys so they totally deserved their win.
“Maybe it was the beating they got last week. They were maybe sore over that I don’t know why it was. Tipperary are a fair team and they will take fair beating all year in fairness to them so they will and you would want to be a good team to beat them.
“At least it’s great in one way because I was listening to so much rubbish during the week about Clare winning All-Irelands and that. We are still building and I have been saying that since day one but even some of our own people get so carried away.
“They are a young team and we are building and we’ll stay building and listen, we’ll take that on the chin today, that’s our first big loss since I’ve been there anyway so we are going to take it on the chin and come back fighting for more.
“It’s certainly not a blessing in disguise to get a beating like that but it does put a bit of realism into it. Now there’s no doubt about it, we should have had more than four points on the board after the four games we played prior to this. We know that but today there was no doubt about it. There are no qualms from us and you could even hear Eamon O’Shea on the sideline afterwards, keep driving scores on, keep driving scores on and that’s a great mentality to have that when you are up 11 or 12 points, to keep driving on scores and that they are that enthusiastic. And fair play to them, it’s great to see that drive in them and that’s something that we can’t forget.”
Defeat means that Clare will now enter the perilous relegation play-off against Cork, a two week break that his side certainly need if Sunday’s lacklustre display is anything to go by.
“In terms of form, I think myself Tipp have been a bit patchy. They had a poor first game and last week were probably not as good as they could have been whereas we have been trying to get up for every single game and we have been trying to play at an unbelievable height and bring ourselves to that height of enthusiasm every day.
“Can you do it for four weeks in a row? It’s tough so it is. Now we have no excuses about today, that is just my opinion. I think it’s just hard to keep going week after week after week but unfortunately that’s where we find ourselves now. We are in a relegation play-off but I still have faith in them, there’s no fear of these lads.
“We have a building process here and we’ll stay doing what we have to do. They will come. That Clare team will be okay and they’ll keep going so they will and you never know, a year or two down the line.”


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