After their Allianz League win over Derry on Sunday, Malachy O'Rourke's Monaghan have put themselves in a good position to maintain their Division 1 status.

They are one of four teams on six points, just two behind leaders Cork. The five-point win over Derry was somewhat more pleasing on the eye than the Farney County's success over Donegal a week previous and while O'Rourke is keen for his side to deliver "good performances", he does realise a win is still a win no matter good or bad a game is.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "It's the way Donegal set up.  

"If you go gung-ho against them and push too many men forward they'll catch you on the counter attack. It was a game of cat and mouse.

"Today was different in that neither team set up defensively. There was a bit more space for forwards to operate in. When we got the ball in to the forwards they took their chances.

"It was a more open game. It was better to look at for the supporters. We want to get the results. We go two points last week; we got two points today. It's all the same to us."  

When asked about whether his troops can secure a semi-final berth, O'Rourke did a give a stock answer, but is keen to oversee continued improvement.

"At she start of the league, we said we'll take every game on its merits," he added.

"We want to learn as much as we can; perform as good as we could and then see where that takes us. That's the template we have been following up to now and it's stood us fairly well.

"We are on six points and we have two very tough games left - away to Kerry and at home to Dublin - but they are games we are really looking forward to. 

"We are going to try and put our best foot forward to try and give really good performances and that could leave us in a position to drive on for a place at the top end of the division."