Cunningham: ‘Disappointed we didn’t win it’



Roscommon manager, Anthony Cunningham, was disappointed that his side were denied a late win against Tyrone last Sunday but said they would take a lot out of yet another highly competitive game in Division One.

  “We are disappointed that we didn’t win it after being awarded the last free but that’s the way it goes but it was a real battling performance from our lads who showed great courage especially in the second half. We were put to the pin of our collar there towards the end but we really came good in the last ten minutes again.

  “We had a few unforced errors in the second half which we need to tidy up on but it’s great progress for us today and we will take a lot out of that game again.

  “There was a very strong breeze out there. We knew Tyrone would come back at us. When we got the goal we were in a very good position but look, Tyrone are a very good team. They were the beaten All-Ireland finalists and we will learn so much from playing against them. We are disappointed that we didn’t get over the line today but we will be ready to go again on Sunday week. I thought we really stood up there today in the conditions and against such a strong team as Tyrone are and we have plenty to build on.

  “It’s a really competitive division and there is nothing between any of the teams that are in it and it’s fantastic preparation for the championship and that’s what we are aiming for,” he said.

  There was some positive news on the injury front from a Roscommon point of view.

  “We are still down a number of players through injury and hopefully they will be back before the end of the league but the lads who have taken the jerseys in recent weeks have taken it to the next level for us and it is going to be hard to take a place on the team from the guys who are there, the way they are playing.

  “Diarmuid (Murtagh) is just back on the panel so it will take him more time before he is ready, Sean Mullooly will be back in a couple of weeks as will Brian Stack so that’s positive.

  “The Cavan game is huge now. I saw them playing Mayo and they played really well at MacHale Park. They will be very hard to beat in Breffni Park but we are looking forward to it,” he said.