Galway manager Anthony Cunningham has challenged his side to develop further as they eye a quarter-final spot in the Allianz Hurling League.

The Tribesmen emerged with 3-16 to 1-19 win against Tipperary at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Defeats to Waterford and Kilkenny had been a worry for Cunningham’s side but they now harbour ambitions for the next stage.

“With the way the league is, it puts us on four points,” he told RTÉ Sport. “We are looking forward to Clare next Sunday, it's our next port of call. But today: it was a great two points. We only have two home matches and they make a big difference.

“There wasn't a whole lot in the last two matches that we've played, the game was probably there for us on both occasions against Waterford and Kilkenny so we're disappointed with that.

“We're still not off relegation, either such is the nature of the league, that's how competitive it is and ongoing it's a big thing for us [to stay up].”

The Galway boss is also hoping to get a more balanced display from his players as the summer approaches.

“We still have a couple of players to come back in but the few that we have come back in, Niall Burke in the second half and Johnny Glynn, they made a difference. It is onwards and upwards for us.

“We have to compete better than we than we did for the last 20 minutes if we're going to big contenders in the Championship which we aim to be.

“We still have a lot of young players playing out there. Daithi Burke, Jason Flynn went on, Cathal Mannion, they’re all learning and it's a big stage.

“We're happy but we're not qualified and everybody is still in for the threat of relegation and we have to keep fighting for everything.”