Westmeath manager Michael Ryan has a tough task to lift his side for Saturday's All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarterfinal against Wexford at Cusack Park, Mullingar.
The Lake County sunk to Carlow in the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup final at Croke Park last Sunday. The manner of the defeat was what hurt Westmeath most as they never played anywhere near their full potential.
Only Eoin Price who scored six points from play could be proud of his performance and now Ryan is left with the task of trying to lift morale ahead of this weekend's clash.
But the Waterford native stressed to the Westmeath Examiner that there was nothing else for it only to produce a performance and regain some pride.
"We have to lift it for Saturday, there's no other way around it," stated Ryan. Wexford will come to town smarting from the defeat to Kilkenny.
"They'll be looking for a big performance to get their season back on track. It is what it is, the only consolation is that we've always played well in Mullingar against the big teams."