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“We’re Just Thick” – Hurling Manager Ryan Hails Tipp’s Fighting Spirit

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/8/2017 Galway vs Tipperary Tipperary manager Michael Ryan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Grealy

Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan believes that his team’s Munster Hurling Championship comebacks over the last couple of weeks are down the players just being “thick.”

Speaking to the Nenagh Guardian, Ryan praised his player’s fighting spirit over the last two games saying that the “thickness” in the side means that Tipperary don’t know when they’re beaten.

“We don’t give in, we won’t give in” Ryan said.

“Look if that’s just thickness fair enough, we’re just thick. But that’s what we are.

“We’re here to play and we don’t give in. Matches, time and time again, super matches have been won in the last two minutes of the game or the last 30 seconds”

Last weekend Tipperary came from 10 points down in the last 16 minutes against Waterford to salvage a late draw, having come from ni points down at half time against Cork the game previous.

“Look it we salvaged a draw again, I’d say in the last 20 seconds of the game and just great credit goes to a group that will keep trying. They are so honest but you know we really do need to start playing better than we did.

“That’s to take nothing away from Waterford and their commanding lead at half-time. We made two really poor mistakes to let them in for two goals.”

Ryan’s men are without a win in their opening three Munster Championship games and face Clare at Semple Stadium this weekend as they look to reach the knockout stages of the competition.

Despite this, Ryan was optimistic, suggesting that giving up his not in his side’s DNA.

“That’s not in their DNA. They don’t do it, they just give and give and give.

“They’re a special bunch. They care so deeply about the game and about the jersey and they were certainly not going to go out without a whimper even thought it might have looked like it.”

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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