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Saffrons geared up for feisty battle with Laois

The prospect of an all too quick return to Division Three could loom large for Armagh should they fail to overcome Laois at the Athletic Grounds tonight.

Manager Kieran McGeeney, who has watched his side win just once in five outings since mid-December, is aware that to go into the three-week Allianz League break pointless would heap pressure on his side which faces daunting assignments when the action resumes.

But McGeeney, who has been forced to blood new players, remains philosophical as he prepares for what is perceived to be one of the most important matches of his managerial career to date.

The absence of key players was felt in the defeat to Meath last Sunday and while Laois were outgunned by Galway, the fact that they will travel north sharing Armagh's desperate anxiety for league points could see a feisty battle ensue.

"We have some very good young players coming through but this is a tough time of the year for them," says McGeeney.

"However, we must go with what we have. We have players who picked up injuries during their club campaigns and we need to get those more regular players back again."

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