Laois boss Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett praised his side’s fight in their surprise win over neighbours Offaly, but stressed that improvement in their technique would be required.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Plunkett said he was delighted with the two points, and singled out the “fighting aspects of the performance”.

However, he also pointed out that “there are certainly aspects of the hurling that we need to improve on.

“I thought we got on a lot of ball, we were certainly on the front foot, and we were go-forward hurling for most of the game.

“But I think we can use the ball better, we need to provide a better outlet for the ball.”

He praised his team unity, and said they were on the right track but said, “in terms of the technical aspects, and the systems, y’know, we have certainly lots [room for] improvement.”