Wexford will be anxious to atone for their result against Dublin and ignore outside criticism, but are likely to come up short against Galway in the Leinster clash tomorrow, according to Derek McGrath.
The Yellowbellies looked to be on their way to victory against Mattie Kenny’s Dublin before a late goal salvaged a point for the men from the capital.
Galway too are seeking improvement after labouring to victory over Carlow, and have won all three Leinster Championship meetings between the sides since joining the province in 2009.
"Wexford are probably simmering a little bit after having a three-point lead going into injury time and having to settle for a point," the former Waterford manager told RTÉ Radio 1’s Saturday Sport.
"Galway were very unimpressive last time out, albeit Carlow were impressive in their performance, but the Tribesmen will be hoping it is a catalyst for their season."
With home advantage in Pearse Stadium and their 10-point win over Davy Fitzgerald’s side in the league quarter-final fresh in the mind, Galway will be looking to make it two wins on the spin, but McGrath says the ease at which Wexford opened up the Tribesmen defence in March will give both sides food for thought.
"We all know how Wexford play the game and how structured they are, but they created problems for Galway that day. You marry that with how Galway got around that problem.
"If it’s the same situation where Kevin Foley is free for Wexford, you’d imagine Aidan Harte will be the man Galway free up.
"Despite a lot of conjecture about how Wexford play, last week against Dublin they played in three or four different ways throughout the game, eventually finding the niche that suited them and scoring 2-19 in the end."
Galway of course will be without Joe Cooney, and he is not expected to feature until the later stages of the championship assuming Galway are still in the mix.
His absence opens the door for other to stake a claim and McGrath says the home side should have enough to claim the points.
"With Daithi Burke back, Cathal Mannion gone to wing-forward and Johnny Coen in midfield, they look a stronger team than the one that played against Carlow.
"Joseph Cooney and Johnny Glynn have had a month’s training under their belt so you’d expect to see them from the bench.
"The Galway forward line is still strong. It’s a potent sextet of forwards. Joe Canning is out of the equation, so perversely that can work for you in terms of the drive and leadership that has to come from somewhere.
"It was interesting to hear Jim Bolger’s comments about Wexford. Having faced a similar disparity of agreement in terms of how people present their opinions, I’m wondering if that will permeate it’s way to the group. I have never seen any sense of disharmony in the Wexford camp, or any sense of discord.
"I think the Wexford players are strong enough to go about their business with their game plan, to bring a strong performance, but I expect Galway to come through."
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