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Published: 11:53 | 13/7/16

Moran: We can pick ourselves up

Kevin Moran expects Waterford to pick themselves up and produce a strong performance against Wexford on Sunday week.

Waterford's defence struggled to contain Tipperary in the Munster SHC final with the Premier County outscoring their opponents 4-12 to 0-05 in the second half.

The 21-point defeat was a repeat of the 2011 Munster final but Moran believes Sunday's loss is harder to accept given their second half collapse and he is hopeful that they can bounce back ahead of the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final.

“To be honest with you, I think 2011 was worse because conditions were perfect. We were under the cosh from the first minute. If we look back at the first half the other day, I don’t think it was a systems failure or a total disaster of a performance," More is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

“I think they took a goal that shouldn’t have happened. We had an opportunity of a goal that didn’t happen and we missed chances, so we could have gone in four or five points up.

“In the second half, yes, it was an absolute onslaught and it was such hard conditions, the rain was coming and there was a huge downfield wind. Even when we got inside to win the ball and try and score it was tricky. That’s what I’m clinging on hope to anyway. I think we have the right guys there in the dressing room and around the team to pick ourselves back up and get a performance Sunday week.”

The backdoor system means Waterford have less than two weeks to recover from the defeat but Moran is relishing the chance to put Sunday's loss behind him.

"We can’t let it define our season. It’s a huge bump on the roads — there’s no point in dressing it up any other way," Moran said.

"The U21s have a match to look forward to (tonight) and I’d love that. It is a chance to get it out of their system and luckily enough we don’t have to wait another six or nine months for another championship game. We’re still in the All-Ireland series and the biggest prize is still on offer there.”

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