'We were bad today'

May 20, 2018

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney talks to his players.
©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

Kieran McGeeney wasn't making any excuses following Armagh's dismal Ulster SFC quarter-final loss to Fermanagh.

McGeeney is now in his fourth year as Orchard County manager, but has yet to win an Ulster SFC game as the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers awaits once more.

"We were bad today. There is no point in saying any different," he told the BBC.

"Six or seven points in 70-80 minutes is not a good performance by any standards. We knew coming here [to Brewster Park] that Fermanagh were going to score 10-12 points and to be honest we thought if we could keep them to that we'd win the game but again, like the last day we were here [in the Allianz League], we only scored seven points. A tight pitch, a strong defensive team and we always seem to struggle.

"I think we had the chances to stay in the game even though we were a man down. It's frustrating. They are a better team than they showed.

"Today just wasn't their day, they didn't just perform."

'Geezer' admitted that Niall Grimley's dismissal early in the second half was a blow to Armagh's chances.

"When you go a man down against a team that counterattacks it's going to have a big impact. Even though we rallied after, we scored a couple but we missed three of four on the trot straight away afterwards and Seamus (Quigley) went up and got a point.

"Niall knows these things happen and he'll bounce back from that."

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