Kieran McGeeney: Armagh's 'comedy of errors' just not funny
Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney has challenged his team to make up for what he describes as "a comedy of errors" against Tyrone on Wednesday night when they meet Tipperary in their opening Allianz League Division Three fixture tomorrow week.
McGeeney makes no secret of his disappointment at what he felt was inept defending against the Red Hands which allowed Mickey Harte's side to land 3-5 in total in the first-half - not the type of score which Armagh, known for their defensive resilience for so long now, have been accustomed to conceding before the half-way stage in any contest.
"It was all very disappointing," reflects McGeeney.
"Nothing short of a comedy of errors. Tyrone got one of their goals from a poor kick-out, another came from a turnover in possession when we all got caught out going forward and the third could also have been prevented.
"You have to give Tyrone credit for the manner in which they finished but we made it easy.
"There is a whole lot of stuff we have to think about and indeed worry about between now and the Tipperary game."
McGeeney's team selection raised eyebrows, particularly his choice of hot-shot Jamie Clarke at wing-back but he defended his stance.
"We thought he might see more of the ball there and Jamie probably knows himself he could have scored 1-2 even while playing in that position," he points out.
"It's all about trying to find a happy medium in terms of accommodating players."
He adds: "When the dressing-room is quiet at the end of a game you know players are disappointed with their performance.
"It's up to us now to go out against Tipperary and show that we are a better team than that.
"Every side will want to get off to a good start in the league."