Thursday 18 January 2018

Jim McGuinness doesn't expect teams to try to "out-Donegal" his side in last eight

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness shouts out the orders today
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness shouts out the orders today

After hugely physical and defensive games against Down, Monaghan and Laois, Jim McGuinness doesn't think he will face similar tactics in the quarter-finals.

Speaking following his side's 0-14 to 0-8 victory over Laois in Carrick-On-Shannon today, McGuinness said: "I don't think it'll be much of an issue when we get to Croke Park. I don't think Kerry, Cork, Dublin and these teams are programmed for that. The bottom line is that Ulster is a bear pit and the other teams in the qualifiers are taking their cue off that."

The Glenties man was pleased with how his side dealt with the challenge posed by Justin McNulty's side and how they responded to last weekend's Ulster final defeat.

"It was a very physical game. Laois set out their stall the same way as Monaghan did last week," he explained.

"I thought we dealt a lot better with it today. We showed a lot of spirit, we showed a lot of guts, they (the players) kept doing what we asked them to do and that's why we made it six (points) in the end. If you win a game by a point, it's a great result in championship football.

"We did a very solid evaluation of where the game was lost the last day. There was great honestly within the evaluation and they came to very solid conclusions in terms of the performance and everything that was associated with it.

"Their focus was 100 per cent all week and we're back where we would have been if we'd won last weekend. It doesn't take away the pain of losing the Anglo-Celt, but we're back where we want to be and that's the main thing."

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