'It'll be a test of our character'

June 24, 2019

Cavan manager Mickey Graham. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Mickey Graham admits it will be a big ask for Cavan to bounce back from their Ulster SFC final defeat to Donegal.

But with the carrot of a place in the Super 8s awaiting the winners of their All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 4 clash against as of yet unknown opponents, he is hopeful they can rise to the challenge.

"It’ll be a test of our character, but there’s huge character in that dressing-room," the Breffni County boss told RTE.

"There’s great mentality there and this is a defeat we’ll have to learn from. We’ll have to learn from it very quickly because we have two weeks to get ready because whoever we play in that qualifier is going to be a tough game."

Reflecting on Cavan's five-point defeat, which greatly flattered them, Graham said: "A lot of things we talked about today didn’t happen for us, especially in the first half, when we got turned over.

"When you get turned over against a team whose strength is counter-attacking you’re going to get punished every single time and that’s what happened. We got turned over in the tackle, we dropped a few short, kicked a couple of bad wides and all those were our own doing.

"Donegal made it count on the other end and that’s the one thing you can’t do against a team like Donegal because they have so many runners all over the field."

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