Okay, let’s get this over as quickly and as painlessly as possible. I’m pushed for time today on the work front so it’s just as well I don’t have all that much time to dwell on the large volume of match reports that are out there on our smothering by the Nordie blanket at MacHale Park yesterday. Here they are:
In case you missed it (and have three minutes of your life that you’re willing to waste), my post-match audio witterings are here.
There’s also a piece on Joe.ie on the two major talking points from the reffing point of view – Aidan’s black card and Cillian’s goal – and the video evidence on both clearly shows that Eddie Kinsella got both of these major calls wrong. This isn’t, as a number of people in the comments wrongly alleged last night, that I’m trying to attribute our loss to poor reffing – instead, it’s merely to point out that, yet again (as with Maurice Deegan at Croke Park on Saturday night – I was there and he had a shocker), a ref in a high profile match makes an utter balls of things. Will he face any consequences for this? Will he hell.
The only other talking point to cover from the above, I guess, is what Pat Holmes had to say, in particular his perhaps overly candid admission about how playing fifteen men behind the ball was all a bit much for us and where he then added the following:
“It’s something that we got to look at it and see if we’re faced with it again that we deal with it and cope with it better.”
Note to Pat: Monaghan are up next and they’re likely to try something similar, then we’re away to Derry and they’re definitely likely to copy the Tyrone playbook as closely as possible and even the attack-minded Dubs, who we play after that, aren’t averse to this tactic either – they played 14 behind the ball (it would have been 15 only Kevin McManamon had been sent off by then) in the closing stages against Donegal, with much the same success as Tyrone enjoyed against us. So, my humble advice would be that we need to start planning sharpish on how to deal with #pukefootball15 as every team worth its salt – and they all are in Division One – will see that this is a sure-fire way of causing us trouble.
That’s your lot for now. If you haven’t yet voted in the MOTM poll, then please do – it looks like Kevin Keane is galloping towards his second gong in a row but the minor placings are still up for grabs there. I’ll do an update on this later on and, if time permits, I’ll also post a quick update on the prediction mini-league where, whatever about the rest of you, I had a better day than the lads did on the field yesterday.