Clerkin doesn't see Monaghan being complacent

June 06, 2019

Cavan's Ciaran Brady is tackled by Dick Clerkin of Monaghan during the 2015 Ulster SFC quarter-final at Kingspan Breffni Park

Former Monaghan midfielder Dick Clerkin says the Farney men can have no excuses if they exit the All-Ireland SFC this weekend.

Malachy O’Rourke’s men take on neighbours Fermanagh in Round 1 of the qualifiers in Clones on Sunday and Clerkin reckons it’s a game which the group will be heading into without a shred of complacency.

“If Monaghan play to the standard that we know that they can, they should be winning that game,” Clerkin is quoted saying by the Irish Daily Star.

“There’s absolutely no reason Monaghan should be going into this game with any complacency; they should have a serious bit between their teeth, two-fold.

“If Monaghan don’t win this game, with all those factors in play, Malachy (O’Rourke) and the players will be the first to hold up their hands and say ‘look, we’ve no business being in the championship’.”

He added: “It’s at home, so whatever about the games that Monaghan have lost over the years that people have said they should have won…by and large we have been very solid at home and we have a good record in league and championship in Clones.”

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