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Billy Sheehan: ‘We were beaten by a far superior team’

Billy Sheehan

There was no excuses from Laois football manager Billy Sheehan after Saturday’s Division 3 loss to Fermanagh in Enniskillen.

Laois were beaten 3-15 to 3-9 with Sheehan acknowledging that the full-time score was barely even reflective of Fermanagh’s dominance in the game.

With four games played, Laois sit just above the relegation places on scoring difference ahead of Billy O’Loughlin’s Longford.

Though the competitive nature of Division 3 means that they’re also just three points off Limerick who are on top.

“We were beaten by a far superior team,” said Sheehan after the game.

“The scoreboard probably reflected well on us overall. Poor performance by us.

“The majority of their scores came off our turnovers which was something we worked hard at so we’re disappointed at that.

“The boys are encouraged to kick the ball. That’s my philosophy on it. The boys did what they’re asked to do. Some of the kick passes weren’t on but we’ll learn from that.

“Some of the shots, the openings weren’t there but the boys thought it was the best decision so I’ve no problem backing them.”

Sheehan said again that he’s taking each game as it comes, and not getting overly worked up about where the result puts them in the table. As far as he’s concerned there’s plenty to play for with three rounds remaining.

“If we won today we’re still in a relegation battle. (We lost) and we could still possibly get promoted … of course they’re disappointed but that’s sport. We were beaten very well today, there’s no point beating about the bush or glossing over it. The boys know that.”

When asked about their fitness levels, Sheehan said that they missed out a bit on some of the physical work they’d like to have got done in January because of their run to the O’Byrne Cup final, though he wasn’t using that as an excuse for their performance.

“We probably lost out on a bit,” he said in relation to that spell early in the new year.

“We got a block done before Christmas but then with January we couldn’t train whatsoever with all the games in the O’Byrne Cup.

“Then with the game being called off, we had a block there after Fermanagh but the week before we thought we were playing Fermanagh so we couldn’t up the training.

“With that game being called off we now have games five weeks running so you can’t run lads into the ground and expect them to be fresh on a Saturday.

“We would have loved to have got an extra block of training but that didn’t happen. It’s not an excuse. We scored 3-9 but we got well beaten. We conceded 3-14. It’s not really down to fitness … it was to do with football.”

Laois are away to Wicklow next Sunday before finishing with home games against Limerick and Longford on the following two weekends.

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