Davy admits promotion is in Wexford’s grasp but hopes Slaneysiders stay grounded

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald admitted that promotion to Division 1A is within Wexford’s grasp at present, and if the Slaneysiders can remain focused ahead of their remaining 1B games they should go up to the top tier.

Fitzgerald’s new side were superb on Sunday as they rallied from six points down to eventually pip Galway in Salthill by two points, and Fitzgerald admitted that he was very proud of his players following the win.

“Well done to the boys, I’m really proud of them,” he told RTÉ Sport after the game.

“They ground out a result that not many people probably thought we would have got.

“It didn’t look great at one stage in the first half. We were playing with a strong wind and were six or seven down but they dug it out and kept with it.

“We were against a strong wind second half and got it back to one or two, next thing they got a goal and went up five. But we stuck with it, got back there, and I feel deservedly won the game.

With the two toughest looking games out of the way after wins over the Tribesmen and Limerick, Wexford now face Offaly, Kerry and Laois as they look to wrap up top spot in the table. Fitzgerald says they will need to have their wits about them in those games, citing performances against Offaly and Laois last year as an indicator to the threat those sides possess.

“1B is in our own hands. Let’s see what happens,” he said.

“We have Kerry, Offaly and Laois and if we’re anyway lackadaisical against them…

“Offaly beat Wexford last year, Laois only lost by a point so we have to be careful to treat them with the utmost respect and be really up for those games.

“We’ve got two good victories but if we take our eye off the ball now, we’ll be in trouble.”