O'Shea rues 'flat' performance

April 20, 2015

Eamon O'Shea.
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Eamon O'Shea felt Tipperary were a "bit flat" in their surprise defeat to Waterford.

"I thought during the week that we were a little bit off, but you never know for sure until the match comes along," the Tipp manager said.

"Even when we were ahead I thought we were lacking energy and lacking composure, so I'd say we were a bit flat.

"Why? I'm not sure, it's very early after a game to be assessing that. Having said that they were beaten by a team that performed well on the day, good energy, good movement and so I'd have no complaints."

He added: "I thought we might sneak it there with the extra-time because I did think we came back well, but having said that I think we have got something out of the league."

O'Shea refused to make an issue of Waterford's defensive tactics, which have been well-documented this season.

"Everybody plays defensively against Tipperary. So we're used to it. I wouldn't put it down to that," he said.

"We were just lacking a bit of energy today, coming off the back of a week of heavy training. We said we wanted to win the game - and we didn't. It's a fairly straight forward analysis for me."

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