Galway manager Kevin Walsh has once again claimed that he doesn’t care about criticism aimed at his team’s playing style after their seven-point victory over Roscommon.
Walsh has overseen Galway’s survival in Division One of the Allianz Football League for a second successive season, but has still faced criticism for the way his team play. Walsh, however, isn’t bothered by it.
"To be honest, I don’t really overly care about what’s being said. Our lads are very happy in what we’re doing and we’re working very hard. At the end of the day, people want results and we’re going to try and give as many results as we can to Galway," Walsh told RTÉ Sport’s Darren Frehill.
As well as ensuring Division 1 football for 2020, Saturday’s victory over local rivals Roscommon kept Galway in the race for a league final spot, but Walsh said that league silverware was not high on his list of priorities.
"At the start, it was important that we did stay in Division 1. We didn’t look to say we have to get to a league final this year.
"We were there last year, lovely. If we can get there again we’ll take it, but it’s very important for us to actually develop some young fellas as well.
"Not only that, but the older fellas keep learning and we keep learning, so that we can improve and get closer to the top and that’s what it’s all about. If we use the league for that and stay in division one, it’s a plus."
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Galway's win put opponents Roscommon deeper into relegation mire, and manager Anthony Cunningham was in pragmatic mood after the game.
"We owe it to our supporters really," he said of next week's final-round game against Kerry.
"They've been thorough and backing in their support of the team in this league campaign. We'll have a big crowd there next weekend and we want to repay them for the support they've shown us.
"There's no better place to do it than in the Hyde. For us, it's jut about getting a very strong performance and let the last hour be the hardest."