Tipperary football manager Peter Creedon was taking charge of his 12th competitive game of 2014 against Laois on Saturday last and up to now it has been a great year for his side. The record to date is 10 wins with only two narrow defeats along the way - against Wicklow (in a league game of no consequence) and the late loss to Cork in the Munster semi-final.
Naturally the Tipp boss was very proud of his side following the latest form-defying win against Laois at O’Moore Park on Saturday last.
As ever the Roscarbery man was firmly planted on the pitch with his replies.
When asked about being worried at the Laois comeback and it requiring guts to respond?
“I was (worried). When they got the fourth goal it looked like they had all the momentum. But everyone did something right at some stage. We don’t have a lack of talent. If fellows made mistakes they kept coming back. The last quarter of an hour came down to sheer heart and guts,” he pointed out straight up.
About the Tipp lead being too big, too early?
“You can get a bit of stage fright if you are up by 10 points at half-time. What can you say to keep your team going. We didn’t expect to leak the four goals because we hadn’t being doing that. We gave away a few sloppy turnovers that contributed to the goals.”
Was it a source of disappointment to you?
“Not really. We’ll take the win from a game like that. The last 10 minutes of football from us was brilliant. I thought some of the football we played in the first half and our movement and our scores (were great). We could have been 15-20 points up at half-time. Credit Laois they came back and made it very hard. I’m delighted we got over the line. It would have been a disaster to lose which could have quite easily have happened,” added Creedon.
The manager then turned his thoughts to the next day (v Connacht runners-up Galway)
“We’ll try heal a few bodies and see can we improve. We’re there now and we’re going to take a bit of beating. We’ll be respected. In championship football you have to keep digging out performances through the back door. There will come a day when we might struggle but at the moment we’ll take everything we are getting,” he concluded.