JOHN Meyler was obviously a content man as he answered a selection of tame questions after Cork’s demolition of Westmeath
“To score 1-40 is obviously good shooting and you would have to be happy with that but that is now done, we have to go back for the recovery tomorrow night and get ready for Kilkenny next weekend which is a massive game and that is it really.
“The positives for me were the good shooting and the great work ethic. It is difficult coming up here to play these matches that you are expected to win by 20 or 30 points and if you don’t you are thought to have played poorly but look the job is done and now it is on to next Sunday.”
Meyler used five subs and was delighted that the players in question got the opportunity for some genuine game time.
“We just wanted to get game time into Damien Cahalane and Jamie Coughlan and give other fellows a run. Players like Robbie O’Flynn who came in and made a good impression scoring 1-4 - so that is really positive. Robbie came on and got a great goal and that is what he gives you. We need to use 20, 21 players every game and will need them again next week.”
Meyler was delighted with the win in Mullingar but knows that things will be very different in seven days’ time.
“It will be a different mind-set going up (to Croke Park) a different game – from the intensity of Kilkenny coming off a Leinster final defeat they will be chomping at the bit and ready to go again. Cork-Kilkenny matches are always tough and this will be no exception.”
Pregame comment about the fairness of a seven-day turnaround for Westmeath was batted away emphatically by Cork’s head tactician.
“Fairness doesn’t come into it. We have to play Kilkenny next Sunday, is it fair to play that?
"Look they are the rules. That’s is it.
"You get into the Joe McDonagh Cup Final, you win or you lose and you have a game the following weekend. That’s it.
"We have played four games in five weeks in the Munster Championship so we know that. It is an opportunity for Westmeath, it is an opportunity for Laois to show off their skills and how far they have come and in fairness they have come on a long way.”