Terry Hyland was left to rue Leitrim's high wides tally after their Allianz Football League Division 4 final defeat to Derry.
The Connacht minnows racked up nine wides in the first half alone as they came up short by four points at Croke Park.
"The wides ultimately killed us," he admitted to the Leitrim Observer.
"You can look at the ratio of wides for both sides and it's not hard to figure it out. We have staticians and we have statistics but the biggest statistic is the scoreboard. If you don't keep that right it doesn't matter about the rest."
Terry felt his team did their supporters proud in what was the county's first appearance at GAA headquarters since the 2006 Tommy Murphy Cup final loss to Louth.
"It will give them that bit of a boost and that bit of confidence and I think they actually have the ability to come back here next year if they apply themselves right and work hard. I said that in the dressing-room and I have no problem saying it publicly because I think there is an awful lot more in these lads," the Cavan man added.Tweet