“We’re very happy with the way our preparations have gone since the Galway game. We all took some time to lick our wounds after that game but since then we have really kicked on and played a number of very valuable challenge games in the last few weeks.
“We have to learn a lot of lessons from the Galway game and realistically, the main thing we have to address is that we lost that game during a fifteen minute period where we conceded too many scores. We have to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.
“The draw is an unfavourable one but at the same time the joy about playing high profile teams is that the players need very little motivation going into the game, knowing that they are playing against the very best.
“Armagh played very well against Tyrone and were very unlucky not to prevail in that game. In fact they perhaps played as well as they could and we have to try and make sure that they don’t reach that level of potential again.
“We hope to stay in contention for as long as possible and make it as difficult as we can for them and hopefully if we’re in with a shout coming into the final quarter the crowd will get behind us.
“We have a relatively clean bill of health apart from Cathal Dineen who took a knock last week and he is definitely unavailable for the game. Michael Finneran has played some part in the last two challenge games so he is in contention once more.”
Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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