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Cunningham: Galway have much to do
23 Feb 2015 13:01
Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham believes there are many areas to work on following their loss to Tipperary in Sunday’s Allianz HL Division 1A at Semple Stadium
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Despite a second-half rally, the Tribesmen went down on a 2-18 to 0-20 scoreline and it prompted Cunningham to give his charges a stark reminder of what is expected of them.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the debriefing, the Galway supremo said: “We have to be honest and say we have improvement areas and we have to work on those.
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"It’s not good enough to say ‘I understand and I’m going to work on them’.
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"Actions speak louder than words. The next day will present a different challenge [against Kilkenny] and we've got to be ready for it."
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Two goals shortly after half-time were key to Tipperary’s victory. The impact on Galway was telling as they had the benefit of a strong breeze in the second period after only trailing by three points at the break.
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Cunningham was disappointed with the defensive lapses that led to the concession of the green flags, though he took some positives that Galway did eventually make a game of it.
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“We were disappointed to have shipped two soft goals,” he said.
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"The first goal (after 16 seconds of the second half) was a killer. The ball was worked too easily from the throw-in, through midfield, the half-back line and full-back line. We have to be able to cut those runs off.
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"That said, I thought we showed great spirit and fight in the second half to come within three points at one stage.
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“We then hit a couple of bad wides. If we had a bit more control and a bit more time on the ball we should have converted a few more points.”
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