Donegal fell short against Roscommon because they did not live up to the high standard that they set for themselves, both individually and as a team.
That was the view of stand-in full-back for the day, Eamon McGee. Eamon deputised for his brother, Neil, who missed the game with a nose injury picked up last weekend in Tralee.
“The boys set a high standard for the panel and for themselves and that standard wasn’t met there today by the majority of the team,” said a disappointed McGee afterwards.
The Gaoth Dobhair man felt they also paid the price for letting Roscommon away from them in the first half. Roscommon led by five points at half-time having been in front by six at one stage in the opening half.
“We let a gap open up between us in the first half and we were caught a little on the hop and just like in Kerry, our discipline let us down and we gave away too many frees and it is something we are going to have to look at.
“We will have to do more than say we can’t afford to do that again. We are going to have to sit down and discuss it and do something about it rather than just talk about it.”
McGee also felt that if his brother Neil had been available Roscommon might not have got the same room up front that enjoyed, especially in the first half.
“There was a lot of space inside today and Neil would have relished than challenge if he was playing. The boys that came in have done well; it is only three or four weeks ago we were talking about how strong the squad was.
“When you are missing a three time All-Star (Neil McGee) it is hard to fill that void and we were also missing Frank McGlynn, another All-Star, who is a big player for us too.”
As for the game and the way it unfolded the versatile defender felt that it was a rare enough game, particularly in the first half.
“It is a long time since I experienced a team that created so much space against us. We tried to press them up the field but they got in behind us and it is something that we are going to have to look at.
“We were lucky to be still in the game at half-time. They should have been further ahead. But we did not panic; we had experience enough to know that with Michael Murphy, Patrick McBrearty and Odhran MacNiallais up front and capable of scoring a goal that five points was not too big a lead.
“We felt realistically if we got a goal that we would be back in the game and said early in the second half that it was going to take a goal.
“I felt we showed good character to get back to two points without the goal and down to 14. But unfortunately we did not kick on. I think once we lost Odhran (MacNiallais) our chance was gone.
“The way they were playing we needed to push up on them man for man and with Odhran gone we couldn’t do that.”