CORK made life difficult for themselves at Páirc Uí Rinn over the weekend and Rebels manager Conor Counihan knows his side should have made sure of the result before Galway came back at them.
The 1-19 to 1-17 victory gave Cork their third win from three, but Counihan believes the game should have been over as a contest before the Tribesman came back to almost steal a share of the spoils.
"Galway probably came out of this with more than we did because there were stages where we looked to have the game under control and they came back," Counihan said afterwards. "We'd be disappointed with our own performance. We were very lucky in the finish."
In a frantic final 10 minutes the sides traded points, but in injury-time Galway substitute Danny Cummins had a great chance of an equalising goal. He blazed his shot over, however, and Cork held on.
How they managed to allow Galway back in with a fighting chance in the closing stages is sure to be a worry to Counihan and his selectors ahead of a trip to Tyrone in their next game.
"We're scoring well, but that's not going to benefit us if we can't shut down at the other end," Counihan said. "We're just taking it one game at a time. Tyrone are a big challenge, but it's great to be going up there mixing with the best.
"We know we are underperforming and that we're going to have to improve significantly if we're going to get a result."