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Beaten Armagh still have much to learn, admits boss Kieran McGeeney

 

By Declan Bogue

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney made no excuses after his team's exit from the All-Ireland Championship.

"It is what it is. You can't really say much more. The facts are there in front of your face. We missed easy chances and ran into dead ends. We're a better team than we showed but that's the way it went," said McGeeney after their Croke Park collapse against Tyrone.

Although they were under strength - Andrew Murnin is out injured - and have little Croke Park experience in comparison to Tyrone, McGeeney tried to explain it further.

"We didn't commit enough men to attack. We had one or two going forward instead of threes and fours. That left them on their own and they got suffocated," he said.

"Tyrone are very good at that. It's something they've been working on for a while. Armagh are just going to have to learn how to deal with that and move the ball quicker. In fairness, every team that faced Tyrone before this found that (defensive shape) hard to deal with as well. You have to be able to move the ball quick and commit more than ones and twos to attack."

In January, an All-Ireland quarter-final appearance was one of the goals set for this group. Whatever about the result, that objective was reached, so how does he see the year as a whole?

"We should have got out of Division Three and we didn't but we scored highly. We had the chances to beat Down and we didn't and coming here we were probably up against the best defensive unit in the game," he said. "It's a mixed bag."

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