Tipp boss Eamon O’Shea was happy but not getting carried away with the win over Galway.
“He got some nice points. We have a competitive squad and you hope all the time that they are competitive on the pitch,” O’Shea said as he reflected on the performance of man of the match John O’Dwyer.
“It’s really early in the season,” added the Kilruane MacDonagh’s man.
“I wouldn’t get carried away about winning or losing. I really wouldn’t. The most important game from our point of view at the weekend happened in Croke Park on Saturday night. Limerick looked really good. My focus is on three months’ time.”
“I think it was impressive from us in that Galway came back at us a few times and we managed to weather the storm,” O’Shea said.
“From that point of view I think it was very good. In some of these games you can get a run on the opposition. So, I wouldn’t worry too much about the score. I didn’t worry too much about the score three weeks ago (versus Cork) and I won’t worry too much about the score this week. I am neither happy nor sad after any game.
“Galway are a very good team, a really good team. It was competitive. They came at us. You know a break of the ball either way and it could have gone the other way, but it’s nice to be improving. I think we improved a little bit today. As I said to you before what we hope to do is to become a good team. And, we’re not a good team yet,” he added.
When asked whether he felt there had been an over-reaction to the defeat suffered at the hands of Cork in the opening round of the league O’Shea was unequivocal.
“I don’t know what happens outside of the camp. I take it game by game,” he said.
O’Shea also reiterated a point that his focus is on becoming a ‘better team’.
“I draw confidence from the pitch that I train on. That’s where I draw my confidence from,” he explained.
“You train to play well. That was a high quality game, but we were playing high quality hurling for the past three weeks and you hope that comes out on the pitch. When you are managing a team you are hoping that what you do on the training pitch comes out.
“Some days it doesn’t happen, some days it does. Today we played a good quality game, but I would be unhappy with elements of that game from our point of view.
“We are really just trying to become a better team. We could always work harder. We are not at a level that I want to work at.
“As far as I am concerned I saw a team (Limerick) playing on Saturday night in Croke Park that I thought were a serious team that we have to play in three months’ time. I’m not focused on anything, but the championship in June,” O’Shea added.
So, does Eamon O’Shea actually want to win the league?
“I want to win the next match. Every game is one that we want to win,” Eamon O’Shea said.
“We targeted a win against Cork, but we didn’t get it. That target went.
“So, I’m looking forward to winning the next game.