McGee disappointed but looking forward to the Dubs next weekend

Like his manager Eamonn McGee was disappointed that Donegal had not punished Monaghan when on top.

But the Gaoth Dobhair man was also expounding the positive before hopping on the team bus.

“It’s very, very disappointing. There’s a lot of stuff to look at. We had so much possession, but they punished us a lot on the break, and we didn’t punish them enough with the amount of possession we had,” said McGee.

“But the one positive to come out of it is that we have a semi-final to look forward to next week.

“We have Dublin to look forward to and there’s no better place to go than Croke Park to try and work out these wee problems that we are encountering.

“We were in total control in the first half and for large parts of the second half, but we would be very disappointed looking back at their goal.

“They just ran through the middle and that’s something that we’re not too happy about. Look, we’ll just have to look and see where we are going wrong, because we had so much possession but we just didn’t punish them enough at the other end.

“They were close to breaking. They were under pressure, but fair play to them, they stepped up and responded.

“We had an opportunity there to kind of punish them and try to make the most of it but we didn’t take it,” said McGee.

Asked if there was more at stake for Monaghan, McGee said: “That’s one way of looking at it, but we would also like to think that we were wanting it as much because of that Ulster rivalry and the way it has been going recently.

“I would like to think that we were going for it as much as them, but I suppose when it came down to the last five minutes, that wee bit extra (need) kind of pulled them along.”

Fitness issue and running out of steam in the closing minutes like in other recent games raised its head again.

“A lot of boys made the wrong decision. It was high intensity stuff out there, and we were putting the ball over and back, and over and back, and we coughed up a lot of ball.

“Maybe the bodies were a bit tired, and the mind followed then. Maybe that’s the case, but we have plenty of time to get it right for the championship.

“We would probably have liked to have got a few more points on the table, but championship is where it is at.

“We will knuckle down and it’s not going to be a nice few weeks, especially for the bigger lads, but we have a game against Dublin next week. We’ll recover and start on Thursday and get it going again.

“Personally, it’s improving for me. If I’m coming along, the rest of them must be coming along too. We are on an upward curve, but there is a lot of stuff to be worked on.

“It’s coming into the right time of the year now surely, and championship is where it’s at. Hopefully we can push on now.

“We are in a very good position. I wouldn’t be too worried about will this affect our summer or anything like that.

“Boys are coming back. Big Neil (Gallagher) is coming into it; Colm (McFadden) is back training, Neil (McGee) and Frank (McGlynn) got a game there.

“If you were to pick it, it’s where we want to be. Stutter along through the league, maintain your position, and then press the button for championship. We’re happy enough,” said McGee.

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