Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke was taking the positives out of the Farney’s 0-16 to 2-09 defeat at the hands of Amragh in the Dr McKenna Cup.
After leading by two points at the break, and five points at one stage in the second half, Armagh produced a late fight back to take victory at Clones.
"If we had three or four more experienced, seasoned campaigners to go in at the end it would have helped. But I’m overall very pleased with the application of all the boys"
O’Rourke, though, was happy with the day’s work, saying: “I was pleased with a lot of aspects of it. I suppose last week we had a fairly inexperienced team out, and we did well for parts of the game, but overall University of Ulster were too strong for us and they finished the game stronger as well.
“This week I thought we were a lot better, I thought in the first half we played some nice football. The boys worked really hard and probably should have been more ahead at half time.
“The second half, I think we were four points up at one stage and we’d a great goal chance and we probably should have killed the game off at that stage. Then we dipped in the last ten minutes.
“Armagh finished strong, kicked some good scores and we were disappointed to lose the game because we wanted to win. But, overall, we’ll be happy with a lot of aspects and we’ll take that forward to Cavan on Wednesday night.”
O’Rourke went on to concede his side had some catching up to do on their fitness levels, while adding that they suffered due to a lack of experience towards the end.
O’Rourke added: “We might be a wee bit behind with regards to the fitness levels. We didn’t do that much work before Christmas.
“But as well as that, it was possibly the fact that we didn’t have that many experienced fellas to throw in there in the last ten minutes. It was all maybe fellas who are newer to the panel and who maybe didn’t get enough game-time last year.
“If we had three or four more experienced, seasoned campaigners to go in at the end it would have helped. But I’m overall very pleased with the application of all the boys.”
Monaghan take on Cavan in Breffni Park at 8pm on Wednesday night.