Wexford encountered their first hiccup of the year on Saturday evening as a strong Tipperary performance saw the Yellowbellies head home from Thurles empty-handed. However, such is the nature of Division 1A, Davy Fitzgerald’s side don’t have too much time to lick their wounds as the games are coming thick and fast.
Next up is a mouthwatering tie with Clare. This is the first time that Fitzgerald will face his former team and native county as Wexford manager.
Speaking after the loss to Tipperary, Fitzgerald admitted it does add spice to next Sunday’s clash.
“I know a lot of them lads, I’ve won a lot of stuff with them lads. I’ve nothing but admiration for them. But I feel the Clare lads will lift it incredible playing against me. I really do. Why is that? They’ll want to perform against me, I know that. It’s not out of lack of respect. I know they’ll want to do it big-time against me. They’ll be coming to Wexford Park all guns blazing.”
The Banner are flying at the moment, sitting on top of the table with three wins from three, after seeing off Cork in Ennis yesterday. Fitzgerald acknowledged that they are the form team at present, but remained bullish about his own team’s chances.
“Clare seem to be flying it at the moment. In this division, anyone can beat anyone. The most important thing for Wexford is, we were odds on to go down. We lost tonight. We still might go down. But we’re able to compete. That’s a big thing for Wexford. We’re not throwing in the towel. We’re not afraid. That’s very big for these lads.”
As Wexford sit in third position in the table, they could well qualify for the quarter-finals with their current tally for four points, but another win in their final two games would ensure the spot.