Sunday 19 November 2017

Video: Davy Fitzgerald says he's '100pc certain' Clare should have won in awkward interview

Davy Fitzgerald gave a very awkward interview on The Sunday Game
Davy Fitzgerald gave a very awkward interview on The Sunday Game

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald was not a happy man following his side's 1-19 to 2-15 defeat to neighbours Limerick in the Munster SHC at Semple Stadium today.

The Banner boss followed referee Colm Lyons into the tunnel after the game and it was clear that he was unhappy that only a minute of injury time was played despite a number of stoppages in the second period.

There was confusion after the one minute of added time was added late on before the board was put up with '4' on it after the forced substitution of Limerick corner-back Seamus Hickey.

Speaking to the Sunday Game's Clare McNamara after the game, he said: "I'm very, very proud of the Clare team and the Clare supporters, they were absolutely immense and I'm not going to concentrate on anything else.

"Six points down... they showed some character but I am 100pc certain we did not deserve to lose that game."

Watch the interview below:

Asked if he was frustrated at the way the game was officiated, he added: "It's pretty easy if you analyse that stats of the game, why we lost the game.

"I'm bitterly disappointed, I didn't think we deserved to lose that game.

"There was a lot of stuff questioned about us today and there was a lot of people who had written us off and a lot of people in our own county who had written us off. These guys are phenomenal and all we need is a fair break and we'll give any team a game of it.

"Trust me, I'm there for a few more years and we'll keep coming back and we might get a beating or two but we'll keep coming back."

Asked about the sending off of Pat Donnellan before the break and the dismissal of Limerick's Seanie Tobin in off-the-ball incidents, he continued: "I didn't see it. It's a tough enough one to take, I'm sure Donal O'Grady is fine in there and you could say the same for their man who was sent off. It's a game of hurling, it's 50-50, if someone is badly injured I can accept something. It's does have an outcome on the game.

"I don't think we're a dirty team, that's for sure."

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