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Kieran McGeeney will need to find way of bolstering Armagh attack

By John Campbell

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney may be forced to burn the midnight oil for at least part of this week as he bids to amend his attack for Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier against Laois at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

McGeeney is concerned that the strike rate from his front players is not all that it should be and now Ethan Rafferty, Colm Watters and Ciaron O'Halon are unlikely to see action because of injuries, he may be forced to experiment for the game.

In the recent Ulster Championship defeat to Cavan only three Armagh players - Rafferty, Stefan Campbell and Tony Kernan scored - and even at that, eight of the side's 0-14 total came from frees.

This has prompted McGeeney to articulate his concerns about his team's conversion ratio and express the hope that there will be an improvement against Laois. "Our decision-making in terms of shot selection has not been up to the mark," says McGeeney.

"Scoring ratios appear to have gone up despite the massed defences and we have to make better decisions when under pressure.

"Half-back lines now play like half-forwards, there are a lot more set-pieces in Gaelic football these days and so the opportunities to get scores are much better.

"But while we are creating chances we are not making the most of them and this more often than not comes down to poor decision-making."

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