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Manager Ryan delighted with Tipp’s second half performance

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Manager Ryan delighted with Tipp’s second half performance thumbnailRonan Maher had a fine game for Tipperary against Waterford, scoring four points.

TIPPERARY manager Michael Ryan was delighted with Tipperary's second half performance in the win over Waterford, his second league win over the Deise since he took over at the helm.

He said Waterford are a quality team and Tipp needed to be at their best to get a win over them.

"I was very pleased with particularly our second half. We were sluggish in the first. There was far too much ball coming out too easily by the Waterford backline. There was a considerable shift in the second half, all be it with the elements. It wasn't massive but every little helps," said the Tipperary manager.

Tipp curbed the Deise short puckout in the second half as they pressed up on Waterford.

"We have been watching Waterford for the long number of years and they are very comfortable going short. I think it worked fairly well for us tonight. In fairness it can depend on the personnel. I think Michael Breen gave his man much room and immediately got up to his opponent. That was pleasing. It puts pressure back where no team wants to be,"

After Mark O'Brien's goal, Tipp responded very quickly and very emphatically with Jason Forde's penalty goal and Ryan suggested that Tipp might have scored two more goals.

"I think Jason might have had another chance. We want to carve out opportunities in every game. We created none against Clare. That the difference a week can make. The second half was pleasing but we have to remind ourselves that it's only the first week of Spring. Will it count (the win this time of year) at the end of the league, will it count when the championship starts, no it won't," explained Ryan.

On the injury front, Ryan admitted that it looked like a serious knee injury for Dan McCormack and a thumb injury for Joe O'Dwyer. However aside from the injury problems, the Tipp manager was pleased with a number of key performers like Ronan Maher.

"I don't know what he finished with but he struck quite well. He put over a lovely sideline ball but I would love to know how he can put such a curve on a line ball because it looked like it was going wide before it miraculously turned in," said Michael.

On the question of sideline decisions, Ryan admitted he wasn't in a position to see about a disputed line ball in the second half when Ronan Maher shouldered Austin Gleeson partially over the sideline under the old stand side very close to both management positions on the sideline. However he went on to say that Tipp seem to come out at the wrong end of some of these decisions.

"I genuinely didn't see who got the last touch. Like everything there are games to be played on the field and on the sideline as well. We have to fight our battles. I feel we weren't getting a huge amount. Even some of the yellow cards were harsh," revealed the Tipp manager.

The Tipp manager went on to suggest that the rotation of players will continue especially the position of goalkeeper where Paul Maher will have to make way next week against Wexford.

"It was always our intention to make changes. Paul has got two appearances. We need to give the opportunity to the others. I think Paul can walk away with a tick under his name. Time on the pitch is hugely valuable, "said Michael.

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