As Donegal prepare for their crunch tie with Tyrone on Saturday, Karl Lacey says Donegal players will label themselves as failures if they fail to deliver again this year.
The Four Masters man is fully behind the way Jim McGuinness has prepared Donegal both last year and this year and feels that despite the success in 2011, the current championship season will provide the real test for the squad.
“I know we were criticised for the way in which we played last year, but it proved effective from our perspective,” said Lacey.
“When you have been in the Donegal side for as many years as I have and returned to the losers’ dressing-room so often after major Championship matches, you would be happy to follow any formula that would bring success and you could hardly expect us to apologise for what we achieved.”
“We pledged that we would take what we learned last year into this year’s Championship and it has been a case of so far, so good.
“We will be seen as failures if we don’t at least match what we did in 2011,” he says.
Lacey was central to Donegal’s success last year, setting up the goal which turned the game against Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final before going on to win his third All-Star and create a little bit of GAA history in county.
He knows that Tyrone will be out for revenge this year and that their defence will not be as porous as it was last year.
“You can bet your life Tyrone will want to turn the tables on us after what happened last year,” says Lacey.