Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath saw much that pleased him in the Allianz League win over Galway - but stressed that it’s only step along a road that will have peaks and troughs.
The Déise bagged their first league points in this year’s top flight with a 0-22 to 1-13 victory at Walsh Park.
McGrath is now looking forward to the tussle with Dublin in two weeks’ time in what he hopes will be another worthwhile examination for his side.
He told RTÉ Sport: "I'm satisfied with the win over Galway – but no one is getting carried away at the same time. We got the breaks at crucial times and dug in when required to get the points at our home venue.
"In terms of performance the side delivered just like they did against Tipperary in a match where we accumulated a lot of wides. Their honesty of approach has to be applauded.
“I can say we’re behind the big guns in 1A and even some of the teams in 1B. We are trying to unearth a bit of talent and get a few victories."
"I’m satisfied with the win over Galway – but no one is getting carried away at the same time" - Derek McGrath
McGrath also highlighted Waterford response to Galway’s second half goal that threatened to make it a nervy finish.
“It’s often the case when there is a key score in the second half that heads will drop, but they are a resilient bunch and that resilience has been instilled into them by previous management.
“We’re trying to continue that along with a spirit-building process. There will be peaks and troughs along the way but first up we must build on the good work and prepare for the Dublin game."