Malachy O'Rourke feels Monaghan are unlucky to be in a relegation dogfight after losing their last four games to Roscommon, Galway, Tyrone and Kerry by narrow margins.
Without a win since the first round when they trumped All-Ireland champions Dublin in Clones, the Farney County are desperate to getting back to winning ways against local rivals Cavan tomorrow.
"Last year, we we won maybe three of our games by a point, this year we've lost two by a point so the margins between victory and defeat are very fine," the Monaghan manager noted in the Irish News.
"We felt last week our performance (against Kerry) was much better, we worked much harder. Some of the quality in our play was very good, we just didn't do it for long enough.
"The thing about Cavan, Mickey Graham has moved in there and that has given them an increase in energy. Marty Corey is in there too and Marty would know Monaghan club football inside out, so it all adds to the challenge we face.
"But the boys have been in situations like this before and we're looking to see can we meet the challenge head on."
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