'You miss his voice driving you on and him going a bit crazy' - Lee Chin on playing without Davy Fitzgerald
Wexford forward Lee Chin has said that he and his teammates missed the voice of suspended manager Davy Fitzgerald when the Yellowbellies took on Laois in their Leinster quarter-final in Portlaoise on Sunday.
Wexford cruised to a 3-25 - 1-17 victory over The O'Moore County to set up what should be a thrilling semi-final with defending Leinster champions Kilkenny next month, but Chin told the Irish Daily Star on Tuesday that the players had to drive on the team in the absence of Fitzgerald, who is serving an eight-game suspension for engaging in a physical altercation with Tipperary midfielder Jason Forde last month.
“It seemed a little bit quieter for a certain amount of time until we got a little bit comfortable in our own company I suppose," said Chin.
“I think the players then drove it themselves, we started getting a bit more vocal and getting a bit louder in the dressing room and making up for him not being there.
“It didn’t really make a difference when we came onto the field. Obviously you’d miss his voice on the line there, him driving you on and going a bit crazy. But other than that, we were just totally focused coming into the game."
Wexford were certainly focused in attack, where the Slaneysiders had 10 different scorers in a comfortable 14-point win.
Chin contributed three points to the onslaught which represented only a third of the damage that corner-forward Conor McDonald inflicted, with the Naomh Éanna clubman leading all scorers with nine points.
Chin claims that Wexford could have scored more had they done a better job of converting their 51 attempts at goal, but that he is happy that his side are creating the chances to score in the first place.
"I suppose our midfielders are always pushing forward, I find myself covering for them am awful lot because I play centre-forward mostly," added Chin.
"Everyone is getting opportunities in the forward line and midfield, and even guys in the half-back line are getting opportunities.
"It's just about converting them. I think we could have converted more in the first-half there, we could have went in at half-time a bit more comfortable but we were happy enough with the performance overall.
"I don't know what the scoreline was but all that matters is the win."