Meyler: Sending off took wind out of our sails

Meyler: Sending off took wind out of our sails
Seamus Harnedy walks off the pitch after receiving a red card. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

CORK boss John Meyler was, for obvious reasons, very disappointed with the outcome against Waterford and believed that the dismissal of his captain Seamus Harnedy was a turning point in the game.

They head to Tipp next Sunday having lost three games in a row to

“I am disappointed, I thought that we were going quite well up to the time of the sending off and that took the wind out of our sails.

“We lost a key forward and then to lose Lehane at half-time but that’s not making excuses, we didn’t play well enough.

“I didn’t see the sending off but I asked Johnny Ryan (linesman) at half-time and he said that it was a red-card offence so I have to accept his opinion.

“Conor Lehane had a slight ankle problem and he just said no at half-time and that was it." 

Was the state of the pitch any sort of a factor at all?

“No, no, before the sending off we were going well and it was the same for Waterford as it was for us, we were going well and the sending off just gave them the impetus.

“We had been going well, we got a great goal but unfortunately they came through the middle and got their goal and I think that it was 1- 7 each at that stage and then Seamus was off.

“Conor going off as well, we had lost two key forwards and we just can’t take that and that was it really.’’ 

He was asked if it was a concern that there was again a great dependency on Patrick Horgan to secure scores.

“We need to spread the weight of scorers, we saw in Clare, in Wexford as well, we have a mountain of work to do."

Any positives?

“There are always positives but I’ll find them for you later if you give me a few minutes to get my thoughts to myself.

“Look, it’s disappointing the performance and that’s really it. It was up to 1-7 after 24 minutes and we were going really good.

“It was positive to have Mark Coleman back today, probably rusty but he’ll get back now in the next couple of weeks.

“We have to go to Thurles now, Tipp were beaten by Kilkenny by a point. Every game in this league is competitive.

”We want to qualify for the knockout stages but we have a bit of work to do."

Waterford manager Derek McGrath shakes hands with Cork manager John Meyler after the game. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Waterford manager Derek McGrath shakes hands with Cork manager John Meyler after the game. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

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