Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy said his players had given an answer to the critics after they claimed their 28th All-Ireland title on Sunday.

The Premier County trailed by five points midway through the first-half, but they turned things around to lead at the break.

Goals from Seamus Callanan and Bubbles O'Dwyer inside ten minutes of the restart set Sheedy's side on the way for a comfortable victory in the end.

"People have questioned their character, and their ability to go into trenches," the Tipperary manager told RTÉ Sport's Clare MacNamara after the game

"Today they gave all the answers inside the white lines, and ultimately it's not about me, it's about that wonderful group of players that have given me everything since the middle of November.

"Thankfully they get their just rewards today."

It's a big turnaround for Tipperary, who failed to get out of the Munster championship last year. Their Allianz League campaign was ended by Dublin in Thurles in mid-March.

The Championship was a different story, as they won all four games in the provincial round-robin. Despite defeat in the Munster final to Limerick, Sheedy says they picked up some form along the way.

"It's a long journey, and on the 30th of June it looked like we were a long way away from here."

"People were probably very unimpressed about our quarter-final victory, but we built massive momentum in that semi-final when the questions were asked.

"Thankfully we carried that momentum into the final today."

Sheedy lifts the Liam McCarthy with his management team

Richie Hogan's sending-off was a big moment in the game, an incident which Sheedy said afterwards that he didn't see. But the Portroe native says the performance of his team was good enough to win the final.

"When you look back on this decade, Tipperary have won three All-Irelands. I think that's a really good return.

"I think we've some of the best players that have ever worn the blue and gold jersey wearing it right now. I'm just privileged to be working alongside them

"They don't really care if Liam Sheedy is back in Thurles tomorrow night, as long as Liam MacCarthy is!"

An emotional Sheedy revealed his two daughters gave him a card this morning telling him to "go and do it".

He concluded: "Family is everything to me. I have two very special girls. They gave me a card this morning.

"It said 'go and do it'. Portroe is a special place. I love the girls and the way the back me 

"They allow me to do things. Mags just lets me at things and I'm half mad. But that is where the madness can you get you. A day like the today."