On a day where he was sent to the stands and saw his Wexford team fight-back to claim a draw, manager Davy Fitzgerald said he was pleased with the spirit shown to claim a share of the spoils.

Playing into a first-half breeze, the visitors found themselves trailing by six points at the interval, and that lead was pushed out to seven points at one stage before the Yellowbellies roared back into the contest to register their second successive draw in the Leinster championship.

It was a point that looked unlikely for a large portion of the game, but Fitzgerald insists he can never be happy in failing to win.

"I go out to win hurling games," he told RTÉ Sport’s Marty Morrissey. "That is very important to me. But what I'm happy with is the manner in which our lads fought. I thought it was incredible.

"We missed a lot of easy scores out there today. We still kept going. If you're involved with any team then that is what you want."

Barely 10 minutes had elapsed in the second half before the former Clare manager was banished to the stands by referee Johnny Murphy for reacting strongly on the sideline after it appeared defender Damien Reck had been taken out with a third-man tackle.

I didn't abuse him [linesman], but I said that is not acceptable enough because it led to a point

Fitzgerald insists it wasn’t a first-time offence against his corner-back.

"It is the second time we have played here and Damien Reck has been taken out off the ball twice," he said. "I can't let that go. I didn't abuse him, but I said that is not acceptable enough because it led to a point.

"There will be certain guys punished and certain guys never punished. It's over now, I'm happy with today. That is a great fighting display up here. Galway are a top class team and we came up and gave them everything. We were unlucky at the end not to come away with a good result."

Wexford’s tactical approach has again come under scrutiny under Fitzgerald’s stewardship, with long-time Wexford hurling supporter Jim Bolger earlier this week urging his county to adopt a more traditional style of play.

The multiple Classic-winning horse-racing trainer said the short game is energy sapping, risky and "makes no sense".

"If someone can't work that out for themselves in a managerial position there's not much I can do about it," he told RTÉ Sport.

I'll worry about the hurling and let other people worry about their sports

Fitzgerald today however hit back at such claims and is adamant his approach has helped Wexford become a more credible team.

"If they want that, they might get what has happened over the last number of years. I want this team to be competitive. They play some great stuff. I'll worry about the hurling and let other people worry about their sports. That is important."