MONAGHAN MANAGER Trevor Hilliard knows his side will face a sterling test as Louth will be coming to Castleblayney with the mindset that they still have something to play for.
"Louth will definitely be coming for a win because by winning they will believe they can keep their chances alive but they will also be playing for a bit of pride because they haven't beaten us now in 6 or 7 years.
"As far as we're concerned though we will be giving it our best shot, we will be going full tilt at it and we'll see what happens. We won't be making too many changes, if any, and we will be treating the match now as part of our preparations as we start the build up to the Nicky Rackard Cup.
"A win would be a boost to the lads now because they are a bit down after last Saturday and I suppose it will be hard enough to lift them because what is happening around the game at the moment in certain respects is an injustice. There were schemes brought in that would help the weaker counties, but that is not happening.
"Still, we have to put those things aside now and concentrate on the game and while it might be hard to pick the lads up, we will be talking to them about preparing for the Rackard Cup and getting a good run there. I hope to get a few players back now and maybe bring in a few new faces, so that we can strengthen the panel as we go, so we'll see how it works out on Saturday."