Mike Quirke was accentuating the positives after his first game in charge of Laois ended in defeat to neighbours Offaly.
"It was largely positive I thought, I was generally happy enough apart from the result," the former Kerry midfielder told Midlands 103 after the O'Byrne Cup clash in Portarlington.
"What we were trying to do is develop a team and a panel, and there's a lot of these guys who weren't playing last year who are obviously back into the mix now. Our skills and our decision-making was off at times, but it's the 7th of December and you'd expect that I suppose.
"I thought we'd a really poor second half against a team who probably had a little bit more done than us. In general, our effort, our application and what we were trying to do was pretty solid."Tweet