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Davy Fitzgerald Gracious In Defeat As He Praises 'Incredible' Wexford

Davy Fitzgerald Gracious In Defeat As He Praises 'Incredible' Wexford

It's been a hell of a summer, but Wexford's season is over. They went out in dramatic fashion, losing to Tipperary in a belter of a semi-final at GAA headquarters.

It was a game Wexford would certainly feel they could have won. They were heavy favourites after Tipp were reduced to 14 men after John McGrath's red card. They were unable to make the advantage count, with Tipperary finishing the stronger of the teams to seal the victory.

While their Leinster title will be some consolation to the people of Wexford, this defeat will hurt. Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, a dejected Davy Fitzgerald had no complaints about the result.

It was an epic match out there, it could have gone any way.

We had a few goal chances we should have taken. We stopped running the ball as much as we were running it at the end.

Maybe we ran out of legs, I don't know, but when we ran the ball we looked incredible.

I am just disappointed that we went back a small bit too much. We were pushing six or seven inside the 45 at times, and I was trying to get the lads to come out.

They (Tipperary) never died. I just felt they got a small bit too much space. We weren't as tight as we were in the first-half.

While the red card could have been a major blow to Tipperary, it actually seemed to lift their players. Couple this with a couple of big performances off the bench, and they finished far stronger.

Fitzgerald is of the opinion that the opposition red card hurt his Wexford team.

I don't think the sending off actually helped us.

It allowed a bit more space on our side of the field. I know you'll say you've an extra body, but there was a lot of space. Tipp are really smart with the ball.

I thought our half-forward line went in a small bit too deep. I needed them coming back a bit more.

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Fitzgerald's future in Wexford is unclear. He nearly stepped away from the role last year, only to decide to give in another go.

This could well be his last match in charge of the Yellow Bellies. While he would leave them with a provincial title in tow, he would have hoped for an even bigger prize.

If he does walk away, he will do so with pride in his team.

I'm so proud of them guys. I absolutely adore the Wexford guys. They give you 110%, and they were right there until the very end.

I think we could have won it, I really believe we could have won it. You win some, you lose some.

The boys have their health, we'll get up in the morning and dust ourselves down.

I can't speak highly enough of that bunch. They're just an incredible bunch of boys.

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Gary Connaughton

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