Canning takes blame and demands 'vast improvement'
A DESPONDENT Joe Canning was quick to shoulder his share of the blame for Galway's Leinster SHC semi-final defeat by Dublin.
Canning was making only his second competitive start of the year, but yesterday he refused to use a lack of match practice as an excuse for his poor display, especially from placed balls.
"We started well but there was a bit of bad decision-making and I missed a few frees," he sighed. "I had the majority of our chances and I just didn't take them.
"I missed 12 chances for scores. I was striking the ball better than I ever did, but nothing would go over. It was one of those days that I'll just have to write off in my mind and get over it.
"I was in bed before the parents came home from the match. It was a bit weird."
The back-door draw threw up a derby against Clare in Salthill, where Canning's assertion that Galway are "not that far off" is set to be sorely tested after the Banner's encouraging display against All-Ireland champions Tipperary.
"Clare were very impressive against Tipperary. They started off very well. People will say they're in transition but a lot of those guys have been hurling for the last seven, eight years at underage together and they know each other inside out," said Canning.
"It's a big step up to senior level but they're a good young team coming up and we'll have to improve vastly to get a result.
"Home advantage is going to be a bit of a help. The few supporters that we might have left will come out and support us.
"We're under pressure but that's sport. They're the days you live for when you're growing up -- big pressure days that you need to perform and you set yourself up for.
"That's our task in hand now for the next two weeks."