Westmeath captain Tommy 'Jogger' Doyle states that their win over Laois will count for nothing if they don't push on in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Last Saturday saw Westmeath defeat the O'Moore County in the championship for the first time in 50 years to get their inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup campaign off to a perfect start.
Following their league campaign that saw them go through the group stages unbeaten before losing dismally to Carlow in the 2A final, a lot of soul searching had to be done.
Doyle revealed to the Westmeath Topic that they regrouped and it was imperative that they continue that trend heading into Sunday's home game against Meath.
"We had a good chat about it after the Carlow defeat. It was a bit too early to analyse it immediately afterwards, but Paul Greville said, 'you're only as good as your last game', and we knew the last game wasn't good enough. We went back to the clubs and when we met up again, we just said we have to up it."
He added: "We are on to next weekend and we know that we have to perform. It will go right down to the wire against Meath. We know we have to perform and they will be targeting every game.
"There's not much between the teams in this group. It's a great thing that every team is evenly balanced and you will see teams take points off each other. It could go right down to the wire for the top two places."
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