Deflated Dunne calls on players to bounce back in Laois
Wexford has suffered many dark days in the past, but manager Liam Dunne has labelled last Sunday's Allianz Hurling League defeat to Offaly as 'simply unacceptable'.
While Dunne has urged his players to rediscover a winning habit, this is now a team with their backs to the wall even coming up against a point-less Laois, who themselves are battling against relegation following a demoralising hiding at the hands of Limerick on Saturday.
Wexford have now lost three of their four league games, with two home defeats, and while they still look likely to secure a quarter-final placing, this does not represent the challenge facing this group of players.
'This was a flat performance to say the least. It was unacceptable. Now we have less than seven days to put things right. We simply have to go to Portlaoise and put in a massive performance, it's backs to the wall kind of stuff,' Dunne said.
'Our displays are simply not consistent. We were flat against Limerick, could have beaten Clare, got the win over Kerry, and then fell flat against Offaly. The supporters expect more than that. If I was a supporter I would not accept what happened,' he added.
Meanwhile, defender Shaun Murphy has been ruled out of contention for up to five months. The Oulart-The Ballagh clubman, forced to retire during the Clare game, will undergo shoulder surgery this Thursday.
Murphy's clubmate, David Redmond, recovering from concussion, is expected to re-join the squad in the coming weeks and will bring much-needed experience to the set-up.
Dunne has not ruled out Andrew Shore. 'Andrew retired with a hamstring strain but has miraculous powers of recovery. He is the only injury to come out of the Offaly game.'
Next Sunday is a huge game for Wexford. A defeat would be another cruel blow but Dunne is confident that the players can respond to the challenge.