Fear drove us on, says Harte

July 12, 2018

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte shake hands after their side's All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 4 clash at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.
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Tyrone boss Mickey Harte says the fear of missing out on the inaugural Super 8s drove his side on in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

Having been upset by Monaghan in their Ulster championship opener, the Red Hands have conquered Meath, Carlow, Cavan and Cork to reach the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland SFC and their manager explained that "big questions" were asked within the group after May's defeat to the Farney men.

"It would really have broken our hearts had we not made it into the quarter-finals," Harte told the Belfast Telegraph. "We have played a lot of football this year and this is where we always wanted to get to. When we were beaten by Monaghan in the Ulster Championship we were asking big questions of ourselves.

"The thing that drove us on was the fear of being left out in the cold when the Super 8s stage had been reached, and we are just so glad to be part of it."

"We had to make sure and get things right every day we went out to play in the qualifiers, otherwise we were history."

On Saturday's clash with Roscommon at Croke Park, Harte added: "They are a very good side, they are young and they are familiar with Croke Park. They are a potent force up front. We have to be very, very conscious of their ability to get scores from a variety of places."

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