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Healy: Cork will respond to defeat
07 Feb 2016 21:09
Cork manager Peadar Healy said his side could have "no excuses" after their 10-point defeat to Donegal but insists they will bounce back from the battering in Ballyshannon.
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The Rebels demolished Mayo in Pairc Ui Rinn first day out but went down 2-14 to 1-07 on Sunday.
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"It's a disappointing performance," Healy told RTÉ Sport. "We can't have any excuses, Donegal were the best team out there today.
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"They played better football than us, they were more physical than us and they adapted better to the conditions."
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Cork didn't score for the first 17 minutes of the first half or until 26 minutes into the second but Healy is confident his players will learn from the experience.
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"We had the opportunities to score and we should have taken them," he said. "We went for goals from 21-yard frees, stuff like that. We have to learn and improve - that's it."
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"At the start of the second half, we just had no response to Donegal but the boys, to be fair to them, rallied well in the last quarter.
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"Last Sunday we played very well. Today we were poor. We're not as good as how we played last Sunday nor as bad as we played today."
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"It's all about learning and improving. It's up to us as management to get these players ready for the Roscommon game in three weeks' time.
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"We can [get back on track]. We're working with a great bunch of footballers and they will respond, I've no doubt about that."
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Donegal manager Rory Gallagher was happy to extend his side's 100% record though he wasn't getting carried away with the significance of that winning start.
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“It’s great to have won two and it is probably unchartered territory for ourselves in Division 1 over the last couple of years in particular,” he said.
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“To have won the opening games means we are in a good position, though we are well aware there are a few tough battles down the road in the second half of the league.
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"It's very early in the year. We haven't a lot of work done.
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"I'd say a lot of the main teams are the same, they just want to get their fitness built up over a period of time and look to peak for the summer."
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