Replying To The_Fridge: "Yeah it was close. Derry raised their game, Tyrone weren't at their best.
Derry replaced there 2 big scoring threats in Sammy Bradley and Emmett Bradley before the game and replaced them with defenders. 13 behind the ball and they knew they had someone in the full forward, McGuigan, who could do damage.
Tyrone obviously set up pretty much the same, and usually when that happens its tight but the team with the better quality players wins. hence Tyrone.
Very worried about Sludden's form, been very poor for a long time, even the league he was brought off early in most games. He tracks back but isn't physically big enough t tackle bigger men or plug holes. His shooting has deserted him as well.
A game like this will help Tyrone. It shows we are far off the finished article and improvement needed. Hopefully building up to the Donegal game, no offence Antrim or Fermanagh."
Well I honestly did not think Tyrone needed to be "at their best" for this game. Derry on the other hand needed to play out of their skins to get a "surprise" win. As it turned out Tyrone finished strong to get the win. Even when we went a point behind with 9/10 mins to go I never doubted for a second that there were a few more scores to be taken and that we'd edge out the win. I didn't think at that point it would be a 6 point win but I thought we'd win. We're just further on than this Derry team under knew management etc.