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Published: 09:47 | 22/2/16

Cody pleased with improvement

Brian Cody is refusing to get carried away after his Kilkenny team bounced back to winning ways in the Allianz Hurling League.

Cody had warned his players they faced being dragged into the relegation dogfight following the defeat to Waterford in their Division 1A opener and he got the response he wanted as the Cats produced a much-improved performance against Tipperary at Nowlan Park.

A late surge proved decisive as two goals inside the final ten minutes helped the All-Ireland champions to a 2-17 to 0-18 win to put them back in the mix for the title.

Cody, however, was quick to play down talk of a title challenge.

"It is just a win. Conditions were better for hurling today, no doubt about that. It was just that we got into the game, we worked hard, and we were competitive right the way through," Cody is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

"(The performance) was an improvement, no doubt about that, but it had to be.

"Last Sunday, we were well beaten. We could have been beaten by more on the scoreboard, for sure. But this was a great battle, non-stop stuff from both teams.

"It was important to get the two points — Tipp had the two points from last week — so it puts us back into a situation where we can be competitive in the league, which we wanted."

Having been 0-16 to 0-14 in front with seven minutes remaining, Tipperary were unable to prevent Kilkenny from fighting back and snatching the victory.

Manager Michael Ryan accepts they will come in for criticism but is confident they will learn from the defeat.

"I always feel the tighter the game, the more you learn,” he said. "It’s human nature but we’ve got our critics when we lose a game as well.

"We don’t tend to gloss over some of the positives, we tend to hone in on the negatives. That’s a double-edged sword but we tend to learn more about each other and about ourselves in defeat, unfortunately."

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