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Wasteful Monaghan need to take the next step beyond patronising pats on the head

Dick Clerkin



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Conor McManus is still one of the top three forwards in the country. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Conor McManus is still one of the top three forwards in the country. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Conor McManus is still one of the top three forwards in the country. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

This time last year, Monaghan defeated Dublin in the early rounds of the National League in a cold and wet St Tiernach's Park Clones. The following day in these same pages I wrote: "It was a result and performance that should give Malachy and his team the belief to go and position themselves as one of Dublin's greatest threats." Words I would live to regret.

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Instead of driving Monaghan on, what resulted was Monaghan's worst run of results in nearly a decade, culminating with an early championship exit, courtesy of a trouncing by Armagh. Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney has confounded his critics with a positive opening to this year's league, leaving last year's disappointing season behind.