“We didn’t dictate the terms of the match , we almost played to their tune”- O’Neill left frustrated as Kildare lose unbeaten league record

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“We didn’t dictate the terms of the match , we almost played to their tune”- O’Neill left frustrated as Kildare lose unbeaten league record
By Robert Cribbin 19:40 Monday 11th of February 2019

Without stating the obvious it was far from pretty on Saturday night as Fermanagh inflicted a first defeat on Kildare in the National Football League.

Kildare never led and only scored one point from play in a very disappointing display and although Cian O’Neill wasn’t surprised at anything that was thrown at his side they still weren’t able to deal with it adequately.

“We are frustrated and disappointed as Fermanagh didn’t do anything that we wouldn’t have expected in the fact that they played with 15 men behind the ball for practically the whole match”.

“They weren’t that concerned with racking up big scores as we seen in their previous two matches as they scored five points in the first half and three points in the second half but even in saying all of that we never got our attacking game going”.

“We didn’t dictate the terms of the match, we almost played to their tune and that’s disappointing and while I know we have a lot of youth and inexperience in the team, there is also a good bit of experience so there is a lot of lessons learned there for the group”.

“When we got level in the second half it would have been a good chance to go ahead and make them chase the game for a change but we kept turning the ball over and our composure went missing and that consistency is a real killer”.

One of the things that irritated the Kildare boss the most was the start his side made as it allowed Fermanagh to soak up any pressure and get their game plan into full use.

“When your playing against a team that don’t want to play an expansive or attacking game you have to get ahead early so you make them change the way they play and they have to go chasing but that never happened as our discipline was poor and we weren’t at the pitch of the game quick enough and I don’t want to blame the journey or anything but we were a little bit slack in our tackling and we gave them some easy shots and they obliged in going three points up and you are always chasing the game then but we worked ourselves back into the game in getting level but we lacked composure at the end, we had five attacks in a row and got nothing from any of them and that’s what is most disappointing”, O’Neill admitted.

The way results transpired a win would have put Kildare top of the League by the end of the weekend and with a two week break now on the horizon it at least gives O’Neill the chance to welcome back a few players including the Two Mile House trio of Peter Kelly, Chris Healy and Mark Sherry.

“Every single team and manager knew that points were going to be taken off each other and I think that’s the nature of the competitiveness in Division 2 and we are very disappointed we didn’t get anything from that game, even a point would have been good”.

"It’s not going to change how we approach any of the other games as it’s always being one game at a time and while we have to lick our wounds and learn from the game we hope to be bigger and better in two weeks’ time”.

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