JASON Ryan was adamant. "We should have beaten the All-Ireland champions today," was his candid reflections on yet another loss to bogey team, Dublin in Croke Park a fortnight back and you could see he was at a loss to explain why exactly they had failed again.
Whatever the knock-on effects, Wexford do, at least, know the feeling of losing to Leinster's top dogs and how to plot a route back into relevance in the qualifiers.
There was much to admire about Ryan's team against the Dubs. Tactically, he got it spot on, operating with a sort of four-man half-forward line.
Ben Brosnan should return a stronger player for his second-half blackout against the Dubs.
For their part, Tipp were comfortable in slaying Offaly last time out, their second successive solid performance in Thurles and one that should give their players plenty of comfort.
But Wexford are, no doubt, a lot further down their development and should be the side on the right end of the scoreline.
•ODDS: Tipperary 21/10, Draw 15/2, Wexford 1/2