Sheedy left wondering what went wrong after Tipp mauling

Francis McGee on the ball for Longford in evading the challenge of John Coughlan. Action from the All-Ireland Qualifier Round 2A game at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday evening.
Longford manager Jack Sheedy found it hard to pinpoint exactly where it all went wrong for his side following their dismal performance against Tipperary in Round 2A of the All-Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday.

Longford manager Jack Sheedy found it hard to pinpoint exactly where it all went wrong for his side following their dismal performance against Tipperary in Round 2A of the All-Ireland Qualifiers on Saturday.

Speaking to the Leader after his side’s 17 point defeat a stunned Sheedy said: “We were just so far behind our own performance level. We never got anywhere close to what we are capable of; we were hesitant, went about things the wrong way. It was a below par performance from us. It’s a hard one to put a finger on. But you have got to give respect to Tipperary and the performance they gave. We weren’t expecting anything easy here. We looked at their performance against Cork and we knew it was going to be very difficult. It proved to be tougher than we thought.”

During a poor league campaign Longford struggled at times in games but nothing compared to Saturday’s shambles. For whatever reason Sheedy’s charges could not get into the game and made uncharacteristic errors.

“We made an unbelievable amount of errors. We didn’t see that performance coming. We just didn’t execute well. It is massively frustrating because we were in a very good position since the Derry game. We didn’t get into the game in the early stages. Conceding the goal right at the start was a knife in the gut but I felt it was recoverable. Had we reached the levels of performance that we were looking for we had plenty of time to get back into the game,” said the Longford boss

Sheedy didn’t want to point the finger of blame at any area of the pitch and instead focused on the defeat from the whole team’s perspective.

“We didn’t perform as a team. We have to take responsibility for that. I’m not going to single out any individuals. The guys are hurting very badly. They know they didn’t perform to the levels that they are capable of.