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Longford manager Glenn Ryan challenges Longford for replay

Updated: Wednesday, 06 Jun 2012 21:28 | Comments

Longford manager Glenn Ryan saw his side score in injury time in Croke Park to earn a draw
Longford manager Glenn Ryan saw his side score in injury time in Croke Park to earn a draw

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Longford manager Glenn Ryan feels his side must improve greatly if they are to stand a chance of beating Wexford in next week's Leinster Football Championship quarter-final replay in Tullamore.

The sides played out an entertaining 0-15 to 2-09 draw as two goals from Paul Barden helped Ryan's men salvage a draw in Croke Park after leading for much of the game.

Ryan told RTÉ Sport: "The boys battled back well, they really put a massive effort in and we didn’t deserve to lose it.

"We certainly didn't deserve to lose it. We made a lot of mistakes. There is a huge amount of improvement required for us for the next day and we'll see how things work out.

"There are little things here and there but we have time to work on them, sit down and have a real good look at them and see what’s the best way we can rectify them.

The Kildare man added: "Wexford tackled very well and we were playing into a stiff breeze. It was difficult in the second half but we're very, very happy with the way the lads stuck at it.

"In the end it was a ball we never should have won - it took the heart and effort of a fella there to go and win it. I'd like to think that that’s what sums up our players.

"Obviously, you'd be worried when you go a point down with only a minute or two to go but I thought we were just maybe that short pass from creating one or two real good chances in the second half. The final pass to create the score just didn't happen," added Ryan.

"We were always hopeful that we would be able to sneak something out of it. It's certainly a game that we didn't deserve to lose," he said.

The replay has been confirmed for 4pm next Sunday in Tullamore, as part of a double-header with Meath playing Carlow, and Ryan is happy to take the task of reaching the last four to another day.

"I couldn’t in any way fault the effort of the players but the next day will be another day and we’ll see what it throws up.”

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