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'We're back where we want to be' - McGuinness praises Donegal spirit

The coach played down suggestions that his side were expecting a more comfortable win.

Jim McGuinness said there was
Jim McGuinness said there was "a lot of honesty" in the dressing room after Donegal's loss to Monaghan.

JIM MCGUINNESS PRAISED his side’s character after they bounced back from last week’s shock Ulster SFC final loss to defeat Laois in their All-Ireland senior football round 4 qualifier today.

“We’re back where we want to be and that’s the important thing,” he told Newstalk, following their 0-14 to 0-8 win. “We did a very honest evaluation of where the game was lost the last day.

“We came to very solid conclusions about where that game was lost, and their focus was 100% throughout the week.”

When pressed on the specifics of what what was discussed however, McGuinness explained: “It’s not something we want to talk about publicly.”

He said his side were familiar with the style that Laois adopted, having already encountered it in previous games this year.

“Laois set out their stall in the same way as Monaghan did and the same way as Down did.

“We dealt with it a lot better today. They showed a lot of spirit and a lot of guts and they kept doing what we asked them to do and that’s why we made it six [points] in the end.”

McGuinness also brushed off suggestions that his side would have been expecting a more comfortable victory, claiming that the tense nature of the encounter was no surprise.

“You would expect that. That’s football. Very few games are won by more than two. Some people think you should win every game by four and five points – that’s not reality. If you win the game by a point, that’s a great result.

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