Burke: ‘We have to get Hyde rocking on Sunday’

Roscommon manager Davy Burke was a  frustrated figure as he faced the media after Sunday’s defeat to Tyrone.

He began his analysis by agreeing that Roscommon’s second-half display was not up to scratch on the day.

“We were very poor in the second half. We were cutting through them at will in the first half but we didn’t do enough damage when we were on top. It was a very tame effort in the second half”.

Burke reasoned that the red card issued to  Tyrone’s Conn Kilpatrick early in the second half affected the Roscommon performance.

“We didn’t cope well with their red card at all, even though we had an extra man, which is unusual. We will have to work on that”.

Burke was annoyed at the decision not to allow Cian Connolly’s late ‘goal’.

“It wasn’t a square ball. I watched it there four times on TG4. Robbie Dolan has the ball in his hands outside the square, he passes to Cian who is also outside the square and he palms it to the net. Martin McNally (the referee) walks away happy enough only to be called back by the umpires. All the work that goes into it and we are fighting for a point in Omagh… we have no point now”.

He ended his exchange with the media by looking ahead to this Sunday’s clash against Galway in Dr Hyde Park and the hope that some of the St Brigid’s contingent will be back in the fold.

“You have to win your home games. Galway is a big game and we have to get the Hyde rocking next Sunday. There are 12 players not here today and ten of them will be starting in the championship.

“But that’s no excuse, we should have got something out of that game today. We were not good enough, simple as that. With regard to the St Brigid’s lads, I hope I have a few missed calls when I go home – I’ll put it to you like that!”