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Captain Attride hoping Laois can learn from Wicklow lapse

Laois senior football captain Stephen Attride says they will have to learn from their second-half performance against Wicklow ahead of the next round of the All Ireland Qualifiers.

The Killeshin man made his return from injury for the game in Aughrim on Saturday and was impressive in the first half as Laois built up a big lead. He was black-carded early in the second half for a trip on a Wicklow player and watched the remainder of the game from the bench as Laois first built up a big lead and then saw it whittled down to three points late in the game.

“I suppose any time you get out of Aughrium with a win is a good result,” he said afterwards. “There was things there in that second half we’ll have to go back and analyse and sit down and have a chat about. We probably know ourselves that the second half wasn’t good enough and we’ll hopefully put it right for the next round of the Qualifiers.”

Attride added that the Kildare loss was a massive blow but that the panel responded in a very positive way and are now keen to make the most of their second chance.

“It was a huge disappointment but in fairness to the lads, they all turned up on Tuesday (for training). All there. Went back to the drawing board, anaylsed the game and moral picked up after a few tough trainings. It was tough after a hard loss like that but everyone turned up and trained hard for the week or so.

“It’s probably an illustration of the good character that’s in Laois at the minute. You win or lose and we learned some harsh lessons from that Kildare game.

“I suppose at start of championship we would have liked to go further in Leinster but we regrouped after Kildare loss and it came together.”

Attride was happy with the first-half performance on Saturday but knows there is still plenty of room for improvement as Clare wait in the next round.

“We were moving the ball well, moving it through the hand well and Donie (Kingston) and Gary (Walsh) inside were taking their scores as well.

“We probably took our foot off the gas in the second half and had a few lapses in concentration so as I said we’ll sit down on Tuesday and analyse the game and see where we went wrong and right those wrongs for the next day.”

Attride, who has played most of Laois career in defence, showed his versatility once again – he started the game in attack but played as an extra midfielder. Coming back off his latest injury setback, he was just thrilled to be on the field.

“I’m happy to get out after the injury I had,” he said. “Look where ever Peter wants me to play, I’ll play. I was just helping around the middle but where ever I’m on the team I’m happy enough to play there. I’ll do a job.”

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