Grimley pushing forward despite looking behind
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
ARMAGH manager Paul Grimley insisted that the Orchard County are not out of the relegation woods yet but admitted his side can take plenty of confidence from their first National League win on Saturday night.
“Confidence is probably the rarest commodity in gaelic football. Once you have it, you are invincible but once you haven't got it, it is so difficult to retrieve and we went some measure tonight towards doing that," Grimley said.
With Armagh on three National League points and Louth, Galway and Meath below them in the Division Two table, Saturday's win was crucial as they can look ahead to Laois with confidence, even though they are a more difficult prospect than Meath.
Defeat would have left Armagh with a huge uphill battle but the character shown by the young Armagh side has given Grimley some cautious optimism.
“I am still looking over my shoulder and I don't think that is a bad thing as if you keep looking over your shoulder then it will drive you forward," he said.
“We would like to go on a build on this win.
We have to go and meet Laois, who had a great win against Galway. It is three or four years since we played Laois in Armagh. We would like to build on that performance over the next two Saturday nights because the win against Meath will be no good to us next week, we have to go out and perform and our win against Meath will be a waste of time if we don't build on it.
“And we will see where that takes us at the beginning of April," he said.
“I am looking forward to Donegal coming to Armagh in April, as I am the other matches, but it will be a particularly good chance to see where we are in terms of development and at this present time with these boys being so young is that they fear nobody.
With Ciaran McKeever, James Lavery, Finnian Moriarty and Kieran Toner not expected to see any National League action this season, Grimley does not expect to see any players currently on the treatment table to feature against Laois or Monaghan over the next fortnight.
“With the games coming now over the next two Saturday nights in a row I don't expect to have too many players back from injury. The players that are the fringes of coming back need game-time and it is unrealistic to see them back over the next two weeks so things won't change," Grimley said.
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