Even though Cork battled back from nine points down to force a draw with Waterford, it’s fair to say that manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy was far from pleased with the overall effort of his side in Sunday's Munster SHC quarter-final.
The Rebels live to fight another day, with the replay set for 8 June in Semple Stadium, where the victor will face Clare in the provincial semi-final.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Barry-Murphy reflected on the Déise clash and said: "Waterford played very, very well and we didn’t play as well as we would have liked. Some of the form we showed today is a continuation of our league form which wasn’t very good.
"A lot of our players will be disappointed with their form and it’s something we’ll have to improve on if we want to go anywhere."
That said, JBM took some heart in the way his troops battled back in the second half.
“You have to credit the way we fought back. At nine points down I didn’t think we’d be able to turn it around. It's a hard lead to peg back. In fairness to the lads they did show great character and that’s something that I’m very pleased with.
"The overall form is not good. I suppose you have to give credit to Waterford. They took the game to us and ran at us when they got the opportunity and took some excellent scores. We could have stole it in the end but it would not have been deserved."
"We could have stole it in the end but it would not have been deserved" - Jimmy Barry Murphy
RTÉ analyst Ger Loughnane put it to the Cork boss that playing in Division 1B of the league this spring was a disadvantage.
Barry-Murphy in the main agreed with that assertion.
"It possibly did," he said. "You would have thought that since the Tipperary game (League quarter-final on 30 March) we would have picked up our form. The signs were there early on against Waterford that we were not at our best. Coming out of Division 1B and the level of matches we played there probably did have an impact.
Looking ahead to the replay, Barry-Murphy expects a another tight affair.
"Again, it’s going to be very close. I would hope that this game would bring us on and give us a harsh dose of reality in relation to where we stand.
"It shows what a long road back we have to travel before we get to the level of last year. The positive was the comeback. In any man’s language coming back from nine points down was great."