Ryan: Tipp will be 'chinned' if they don't rise it against Fitz
Michael Ryan is worried by Tipperary's recent form dip - but still believes they can turn it around against Wexford in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC semi-final, writes FRANK ROCHE.
After being hurled off the Munster final pitch by Limerick, Tipp failed to deliver a convincing backlash in their 10-point win over 14-man Laois.
"There was just a sense of disappointment with that performance. We are realists, we wanted to win it - but we wanted to win it with a better statement," admitted former boss Ryan, who masterminded their 2016 All-Ireland triumph.
"We are heading into this semi-final on the back of what we could coldly call a poor performance."
He reckoned both Tipp and Davy Fitzgerald's Leinster champions would accept they're on the "better side" of the draw. "Whoever comes through Limerick and Kilkenny, we'll still say are the favourites," Ryan surmised.
"But the prize is absolutely fantastic for both Wexford and Tipp. Seventy minutes plus of hurling puts one of them into the final.
"Even though we've come in pretty flat into this now," he added, "all of that will be irrelevant on Sunday if we bring a top performance. I think we're capable of winning this and I think equally if we're off, even if we're slightly off, we'll be chinned, and I think Wexford will go through in that situation."