It has always appeared that Davy Fitzgerald had a great relationship with the Wexford players…
From the Wexford players travelling to Davy Fitz’s house in Clare to encourage him to continue, to Fitzgerald having the player’s backs, and even running onto the field to protect one of his players, the relationship between the manager and the players never looked in doubt. In the past, the Clare man has spoken proudly about his time in Wexford, about the players, and about the Wexford people.
This relationship was further showcased last night on RTE’s The Sunday Game, a show that Fitzgerald is currently a panellist on.
Fitzgerald, who is the former Wexford Senior hurling manager, was at the helm for five years before Darragh Egan took charge at the start of this year.
Speaking on RTE’s The Sunday Game last night, Fitzgerald said that he text some of the Wexford players following their draw against Westmeath the previous weekend.
Kilkenny, away, in a must-win game was the task at hand, but Fitzgerald did not doubt them and even predicted that Wexford would go well against Kilkenny and up their game for the clash when few were giving them a chance to seal the victory.
“When it comes to Kilkenny, I know these guys. They relished that chance to take on Kilkenny in Nowlan Park,” Fitzgerald said on The Sunday Game.
“I texted a few of them last week and I knew even by their replies that they were going to get stuck into this one and they did. They were a lot tighter, and I felt they weren’t in the last few weeks. They were tighter in defence, which is important.
“The intensity in that middle third was massive. For me, D O’Keefe was enormous. He was back in the pocket a lot. I think 15 or 16 times he was around the ball, whether he distributed it or whether he was in the tackle, he was vital.
“But if Wexford are to go forward, they have to keep that attitude. They have to play with that intensity. But it was a great result for them.”
Wexford are out of the Leinster Championship for the 2022 season, but they now march on to the All-Ireland series where they’ll face either Antrim or Kerry in a preliminary round.
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