JOHN Brudair was full of praise for his players “savage” work-rate while accepting they again failed in the ultimate goal of winning.
“You have to be honest this is not where we wanted to be,” sighed Brudair of his third Munster SFC campaign without a win.
“A win is what we all play for and we are not winning enough at the moment and we need to make sure that is rectified soon,” said the Dromcollogher-Broadford man.
“Obviously we are disappointed. It was a game we were well in, especially in the first half when we had a lot of missed opportunities and if we executed a few more of those it would have put a better light on it going in at half time and might have given us a cushion to weather any storm from Clare,” he said, recalling the eight first half wides of which six were in the opening eight minutes.
“We then came out and conceded two quick points and were chasing the game after that. In fairness the lads chased the game down well and we were in the game right to the death and I can’t ask for a whole pile more,” he recalled.
“I can’t fault the effort and I thought the work-rate was savage throughout the game. For us we needed to have a gap at half time after the amount of play we had. I am very happy with the way they played but we need to be more clinical.”
He explained: “I would expect a higher return and I thought they were all fairly well constructed scoring opportunities - it wasn’t as if they were ambitious shots. I think that if we nailed a few more shots in that first 10-minutes it would have firstly given the team more confidence and breathing space in terms of building further attacks and scores”.
“They were in the game in the last five minutes and that’s where we wanted to be but we didn’t get the result. Overall I would be happy with a lot of what happened today. We would be happy enough with the overall performance but we had eight wides in the first half that cost us in the end and they were comfortable enough shots at this level and we have to take a higher percentage of those.”
“If we had gone in four or five points up it would have given us a cushion and rewarded the lads for their first half. Clare were probably that bit more economical in front of goals and probably had that bit more composed kickers. They are in a good vein of form in terms of getting promoted to Division Two and that gives them confidence and we have to find that confidence to make sure that when we get eight scoring opportunities in a first half that we take a higher percentage.”