Egan admits Wexford are 'fighting for their lives'

May 22, 2023

Wexford manager Darragh Egan. ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Wexford boss Darragh Egan concedes his side are facing an uphill battle to retain their Liam MacCarthy Cup status after yesterday’s catastrophic defeat to Westmeath.

Leinster champions as recently as 2019, the Slaneysiders are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Joe McDonagh Cup ahead of the visit of old rivals Kilkenny to Chadwicks Wexford Park next Sunday.

"It’s simple, we’re fighting for our lives," Egan told RTÉ after Wexford had thrown away a 17-point lead.

"We knew that was the case before today, that we needed to get a win here and that Westmeath were going to be troublesome for us. They were troublesome for us in Mullingar last year, and we just didn’t perform in the second half, and for good stretches of the first half. While we scored well, we just didn’t perform.

"It's a huge game coming but we need to look within ourselves and see can we find anything, and go after Kilkenny next Sunday.

"How do I get them up for that game? That’s going to be a massive challenge. But again, the sight of the black and amber jerseys will hopefully tick a few boxes during the week.

"Ultimately we have to start looking at ourselves because what we showed throughout that game was just not good enough."

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