Time to step up to beat Tipp – Fitz

From gaa.ie

Davy Fitzgerald, the Waterford hurling manager, has admitted that his Deise charges have failed to play to the full extent of their abilities this year.

In a thrilling Thurles encounter on Sunday, Waterford set up an all-Munster All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary following a narrow win over Wexford.

Despite falling to his knees in celebration at the final whistle in one of the iconic moments of the championship season thus far, Fitzgerald recognised that a repeat performance against Tipperary would surely end in heartache.

“We all know inside there [the Waterford dressing room] that we wouldn’t keep it pucked out to Tipp for half an hour on that display,” Fitzgerald said.  

But there were positives too. In a topsy-turvy second-half, the momentum of the game swung in several directions before finally settling in Waterford’s favour.

“I am so happy about the way we didn’t give up when the game turned against us twice and even three times. That is the hallmark of a good player and a good team, and while it was far from being our best performance nothing can take from the heart and spirit every player produced.”

The Clare native admitted his concern at the concession of three goals by his new-look defence, with full-back Ken McGrath still coming to terms with his new home on the edge of the square.
“While three in as many games might not be all that many I just didn’t like the way in which we gave them away today. On another occasion we would be brutally punished, especially by a team of Tipperary’s undoubted class,” Fitzgerald added. 

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