Damien Diver emphasised the importance of the individual cumulating towards the collective after Donegal’s 1-16 to 0-12 win in Galway.
The Donegal selector was speaking in the mouth of the Pearse Stadium as Donegal took their place at the top of the Allianz League Division Two table.
“You look at getting your match ups right then you’re relying on men to win those individual battles,” Diver said.
We felt we did that well today - particularly in that first half. Legs tired in the second half and with the pitch heavy, it probably was a factor.
“But we had that platform from the first half and it allowed us to kick on and win the match.”
Diver, Paul McGonigle and John Duffy were introduced to the Donegal backroom panel in September.
They haven’t been around that long and would only have been looking in from the outside as Donegal surrendered their Ulster and All-Ireland titles.
Twelve months ago, Donegal were inundated with complaints from the walking wounded.
Players were falling off with injury, which is in direct contradiction to now, with the majority players moving towards fitness instead of away from it.
This year, though, the news is much more positive with the panel coming together nicely.
“Training is going well and we’re getting close to a clean bill of health,” Diver continued.
“Once you have those numbers and that panel it makes things even more competitive in the group.
“It’s the healthiest thing you can have in a panel - competition. You hope and you wish that you get that wee bit of luck in terms of injuries and knocks.”
Donegal’s second win sets McGuinness’s team up well for their next outing - a home clash at O’Donnell Park against Ulster champions Monaghan.
Malachy O’Rourke’s team upset Donegal’s bid for three Ulster champions in succession last July.
Monaghan had a very impressive result yesterday when they defeated Meath 0-10 to 0-8.
“We’ll be looking to lift things again now in this three-week break,” Diver added. We’re where we wanted to be before the league got underway.
“It’s two wins from two and we’re top of the table. That said, there are still wee things that will be looked at over the next few weeks. There is plenty to work on.”