JBM stresses the positives in Cork's performance despite dreadful conditions
JIMMY Barry-Murphy was keen to dwell on the positives in the wake of Cork's victory, although he admitted their seven-point winning margin is unlikely to enhance their bid to gain promotion from Division 1B in the league.
"We would obviously have liked to win by more, but I wouldn't be too critical of any player tonight, because some of them find it very difficult to perform in the dreadful conditions that were out there.
"The wind was as strong as I have ever seen it, so it was hard to play hurling for both teams, but I thought the lads showed a great attitude, and I'm delighted with the win, to be honest.
"Laois are a tough side, they have been involved in several hard battles up here over the years, and this was a good opportunity for some of our new players to come in and impress, and a few of them certainly did that tonight.
"It's going to be difficult to get promotion, because Limerick got a good result when picking up a point on the road against us last week-end, and we were disappointed with that display overall.
"We knew we had plenty to work on after it, and we are fully we have a lot to work on after tonight as well, but it was important to get two points in the bag, and I suppose that's the best thing to be said about it"
JBM stressed that one of the management's main aims is to try and develop the panel, and create competitions for places over the next few months.
"We are anxious to give everyone a fair chance, because we want to have more competition for places than we had last year, and that's something we are really trying to get to.
"To achieve promotion is another day's work, but we'll review the situation after the Offaly game in two weeks time, and we'll see where we're going from there.
"As I've said, there were some very positive contributions from the new players tonight, and you'd have to be encouraged from that point of view.
"I thought Alan Cadogan had a very good game up front, Mark Ellis was excellent at midfield, and Darren McCarthy was very sharp in goal, bringing off a few fine saves, as well as making good use of his puck-outs.
"Our defence was very solid when facing the gale-force wind in the second half, and, while it was a very experienced unit for the most part, it was particularly pleasing to see Colm Spillane doing so well on his debut at corner back."