Captain David Burke says he has grown accustomed to stinging criticism of the Galway hurlers, but is adamant the attitude within the camp is positive ahead of their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final date with Clare.
The Tribesmen continued their poor run of results against Kilkenny in the Leinster final, as the Cats replicated their All-Ireland final performance by coming from behind to defeat Micheál Donoghue's side.
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RTÉ hurling analyst Ger Loughnane sparked a war of words with Galway after describing the performance as “gutless” and compared Donoghue's sideline presence and demeanour to Dermot Morgan's Fr Trendy character.
With Clare now set to face their neighbours in the All-Ireland quarters, Banner boss Davy Fitzgerald described Loughnane’s remarks as “unhelpful”, but two-time All Star Burke says abuse of the Galway hurlers is nothing new.
“Since I have been in the panel, there has always been some of that (criticism) down through the years," he told RTÉ Sport.
“Sometimes you just pass no remarks to it.
“We’re amateur players at the end of the day. We’re doing it for the love of the game, and I suppose pride in the parish of where you’re from, for the Galway jersey after that.
"Look, we’re going out to win every game and do our best.”
The St Thomas’ man, who was handed the armband for 2016, acknowledged that the westerners came up short against Kilkenny yet again, but feels that on their day are a match for anyone.
With local bragging rights, and more importantly a place in an All-Ireland semi-final at stake, he is keen to put aside outside commentary and focus on their own preparations.
“All we can do is look after our own corner and work hard,” he added.
“When we are inside the four white lines, that’s all that matters and no-one else outside it.
“That’s the approach we will be taking and the attitude we want and it would be great to prove them people wrong next week.”
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Fitzgerald heaped praise on their opponents prior to the qualifier pairing and said the criticism was unwarranted in light of their presence at the business end of the season in recent seasons.
“We don’t agree with that. Galway have been in two All-Irelands in four years. They have won a Leinster, they are a fair team," he said.
"Let me say something as well about Micheál Donoghue. He managed Clarinbridge to an All-Ireland club and he’s a serious guy.
"We have nothing but respect for them. There will be no animosity there.”