Manager Eamon O’Shea said there was ”no big issue” when voices were raised in an angry Tipperary dressing room after the team lost its third successive match in the National Hurling League, against Galway on Sunday, writes Eamonn Wynne.
“I don’t raise my voice that much. Any dressing room when you lose a game is a place where you have to try to address it, and particularly emotionally after a game like that. We’re trying to see where we get a performance from, I don’t think there’s any other story.
There’s a lot of hurt in that dressing room. Whenever a team isn’t winning games you have to look at the manager straight away and I’m very disappointed”.
Addressing the team’s poor form, he said “last week we had a good week in training but when we come to the pitch we seem to be a little bit edgy and a little bit nervy, but that’s down to me. We can’t figure it out yet but that’s my job. It’s not panic stations but the reality is we had a very poor first half. We probably found our team better in the second half but that performance isn’t good enough.
We trained hard and trained normally during the week, we had good matches on Tuesday and Thursday. But when we get to the pitch we seem to be second to the ball and we’re just going through a bad patch at the moment.
We really tried very hard in the second half and were still in it with a minute to go but the 3 goals in the first half really put us away. All we have to do is go back and work hard, I don’t have a magic formula.
The players are upset with their performance in the first half. I’m getting 100% from them on the training pitch, I’m getting everything from them but we can’t seem to be able to turn it into a performance, particularly in the first half of games. The positive thing is that we tried to come back into the game, there is some pride in us yet. The corner will be turned, but I couldn’t give you a date.
I’m down but I’m still ready and the team is ready to go back on Tuesday night and do our best to get going again”.