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Friday 9 December 2016

Tyrone long way from beating best - Cavanagh

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Colm Cavanagh insists Tyrone's current level of performance wouldn’t be good enough to swim with the big fish. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Colm Cavanagh insists Tyrone's current level of performance wouldn’t be good enough to swim with the big fish. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Tyrone made it five wins from five and ten victories on the trot since the start of the season, but Colm Cavanagh insists their current level of performance wouldn't be good enough to swim with the big fish.

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They have carried their perfect form from the McKenna Cup into their Division 2 campaign but despite beating Meath by six points in Navan to secure an immediate return to the top flight, Cavanagh believes they still have work to do.

"Meath brought their own challenge to us. They defended well. We made a lot of mistakes. We made a lot of unforced errors," offered the Moy man.

"Things aren't always going to go your way. We were happy we got the scores when we needed them. We dug in deep, showed a bit of character and held out to win the game. But, if you look at the amount of errors we made, there's still serious work to be done on the training ground because we'd be well beaten against Dublin, Kerry or any of those teams.

"Our ultimate goal was to get promotion. If you analyse our performances over the last number of games, and we obviously do that ourselves, there is a lot of mistakes, a lot of errors, a lot of things that just won't cut it come championship time.

"Once teams progress over the next couple of weeks and months, if we were to make the same mistakes again then I don't think we'd be in such a good place."

Cavanagh has been operating in a sweeper role in the current Tyrone set-up and put in another strong shift as Tyrone let the Royals in for just 1-4 from play over the 70 minutes. "(My sweeper role) is definitely nowhere near perfected. There's work to be done and it's not just my role. It's the team's role as well, how we have to adapt to every team. Every team is different, every game is different.

"You can't just set out your stall to win one game and set up like that the whole time because every team brings something different.

"When I started out for Tyrone, I was an out-and-out forward. I think the first games I was full-forward so I've gradually made my way back down the field from full-forward, half-forward, midfield and I'm kind of going between the two now. I'm just happy to be playing. I'm just happy to be getting game time, week on week. There is loads of competition there in the team.

"Mickey is using the bench in every single game and there's guys coming in and making a real impact."

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