Tuesday 19 March 2019

Tyrone have no scars from Dubs defeats, insists Harte

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Mickey Harte insists Tyrone won't carry any "mental scars" into Saturday night's NFL clash with Dublin in Croke Park.

Harte and Tyrone haven't beaten the Dubs in league or championship since the first meeting after Jim Gavin took charge for the 2013 season.

And while the Ulster side have managed two league draws in the interim, they have lost in the championship on the three occasions they have met across 2017 and 2018 (twice).

But Harte insists a lack of a win in the seven games since 2013 isn't an issue for his side.

"We're not big into mental scars in Tyrone, particularly the group of players that I've worked with over the years," Harte said. "We've had many setbacks in various ways and really we don't get scarred by results in football in that sense. We just try to learn from them and maybe in a way it makes you more determined to want to change the outcome, not necessarily to change it from a bad defeat to a win but to change it to a better place.

"So it is a process of trying to be better than the last time and that's always within people's grasp to do. It may not happen but you're always trying your best to make it happen."

Harte believes they have closed the gap significantly on the Dubs since they were torn apart in the All-Ireland semi-final of 2017.

"I suppose we feel, even though we ended up getting beat by six points in an All-Ireland final, I think we acquitted ourselves so much better than we did in the semi-final the year before. So, that's where it's at at the moment.

"The game in the quarter-finals or the '(Super) 8s' in Omagh was a better performance as well than the previous year's semi-final. So, the last two games where we didn't do anything to beat them, we added value to our performance."

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