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We only have ourselves to blame for drop, admits McGrath

 

By Declan Bogue

There were no excuses forthcoming from Fermanagh manager Peter McGrath in the wake of his side's relegation to Division Three after a late collapse against Derry that ended in both teams falling through the trapdoor.

The Ernemen looked to be in control and enjoyed a four-point lead and the lion's share of the play, but a late scoring burst from Derry - including midfielder Conor McAtamney's second goal - left them behind by a point at the end.

With Down drawing with Cork, both sides will join Armagh in Division Three next year, which McGrath states constitutes a huge blow to Fermanagh football.

"We stayed in Division Two for two years. But that's where we are," he said. "You get your seven matches and if you are good enough you stay up and this proved we are not good enough.

"We have to accept it. We took a couple of bad beatings in the middle of the campaign that damaged our confidence and came back."

On the performance against Derry, he believes the blame lies entirely at their own door.

"To a large extent we shot ourselves in the foot," said the two-time All-Ireland-winning manager with Down.

"We had the time, the possession and the opportunity and we had the play to do it. At times we made bad decisions.

"We have nobody to blame but ourselves."

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