Laois manager Eddie Brennan is adamant that the intensity levels will be a lot higher in the Joe McDonagh Cup final than they were between his charges and final opponents Westmeath last Saturday.
With Laois already qualified for the final and Westmeath almost certainly through, it was no surprise that the intensity levels dropped slightly with the sides playing out a draw.
And Brennan feels that the final will be a totally different affair as both sides put their bodies on the line.
“I think in terms of intensity you’re going to see a completely different match. I think while both teams didn’t stand back from it, I still think there’s obviously more because you’re playing for a huge prize in two weeks time,” Brennan told the Leinster Express.
“And for me the big thing I would look at and I know from experience carries teams very, very well is that Westmeath have the added chip on their shoulder of being beaten in a final last year.
“So that’s something we have to be cognisant of and we’re going to have to go above that if we’re going to be successful.”Tweet