"Look, there's always relief when you achieve something that you know you're going to have to work very hard for and at the same time that's the same for every game, so it's nothing that's massively different, we just have to learn ourselves."
Cliché tells us that Ulster is the most competitive province but clichés are not always strictly true. Shocks have been few and far between in recent years - Down's toppling of Monaghan last year was a notable exception - and the gap between the haves and the have-nots has seemed to be widening, if anything.
"We're relieved. It was a very difficult game. Thankfully the lads worked very hard and showed the character in them to grind out a result in a very difficult game. I would hope it will galvanise us. We've had very difficult challenges with Roscommon so hopefully this will help us prepare."
The jersey of St Peter's GAA club, Dunboyne hung proudly in the Liverpool dressing room on Saturday in support of the club's former chairman Sean Cox who was the victim of an unprovoked assault prior to the Anfield side's Champions League clash with Roma last Tuesday night…
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