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Ken McGrath Sets Out Stark Reality For Waterford Hurling

Ken McGrath Sets Out Stark Reality For Waterford Hurling

Waterford legend Ken McGrath finds it strange that some Deise supporters were content to see their side put up a fight against Cork on Saturday evening.

Waterford lost their fourth and final game of this year's Munster SHC at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, this time by 13 points.

"It's strange, you hear people saying last night and today that at least the team showed heart and a bit of pride but that should be a given when you pull on the Waterford jersey," McGrath told The Sunday Game.

It's nearly a bit sad that we got beat by 13 points and people are kind of half-happy down in Waterford that we showed 100 per cent commitment.

This didn't happen now and it isn't Paraic Fanning's fault by no means. We've won four out of 20 Munster Championship games in nine years. If that happened in Tipperary or Cork, there would be uproar. Why are we any different? Why do we think less of ourselves than those counties who have had success over the years?

I just can't see it changing very fast. We're winning very little games underage. We didn't win a game in the minor again this year. I think it's two wins since we last won the All-Ireland in 2013. We're under a bit of pressure, big time.

Something needs to happen. I'm not talking about a change in manager. I'm talking the structures underage and finding out what's going wrong. How are we not getting the quality player who will make a difference at inter-county level?

There's a perception out there that we've been very successful over the last ten years. We haven't won a Munster Championship since 2010. I don't know where that success is.

Speaking post-match to RTÉ, Waterford manager Páraic Fanning said that some of the commentary regarding his team had become too personal.

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"As I often say to people, the abuse is free in this job," said Fanning.

"When it's personal, it can be quite hurtful. One or two [comments] were a bit personal, even one or two towards players who put a lot in. We all know what goes into it. Former players, they should know what people put into this as well."

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