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Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Elite status 'important' for Cork

Updated: Monday, 24 Mar 2014 13:18 | Comments

Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'Psychologically, it's important to get promoted'
Jimmy Barry-Murphy: 'Psychologically, it's important to get promoted'

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Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy is "delighted" that his side will compete among the Allianz Hurling League's elite next year after securing promotion from Division 1B.

“That was the objective at the start of the year and we’re delighted that we achieved that," said the Rebels manager.

“We’ll hope to pick up the pace now and learn from our performances over the last couple of weeks.

“Psychologically, it’s important to get promoted. I wouldn’t say our performances have been anywhere near the standard we’d like to be at, and the players know that what we have shown so far in the league wouldn’t suffice against real top-class opposition.

“That’s no disrespect to Division 1B, it’s just the pace of the game is different. That’s the reality of it.

“So we know that our pace work and the standards of our game have to improve going forward.”

Barry-Murphy hailed the All-Ireland finalists' resilience after they held off a spirited fightback by Wexford to win by seven points at Páirc Uí Rinn.

"You could say our performance today was a bit patchy but the players responded very well in the last 10 minutes and got some brilliant scores," he added. 

“It was getting scary for us at one stage. Wexford brought it back to a point and we had been seven points up, but our players responded very well to that challenge.

“We got some excellent scores, and the substitutes we brought in  did very well, lads like Paul Haughney and Alan Cadogan, and brought a bit of life to the team.

“It’s a learning process this time of the year. We’ve brought some players into the panel and they’re showing that they’re contenders for places on the Championship panel."

JBM was also effusive in his praise for Seamus Harnedy, a goalscorer in last year's All-Ireland final replay, who landed five points from play.

“Seamie had been out injured in the early parts of the league and his performance today was phenomenal," said Barry-Murphy.

"He’s a fantastic player and he has a great attitude to the game.

“He’s a crucial player for us going forward."

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