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Cavan senior football manager Mickey Graham.
Cavan senior football manager Mickey Graham.

Graham hoping for instant Cavan response

By Cian O'Connell

Seven days after suffering Allianz Football League relegation, Cavan will be in Ulster Championship action.

The sharp turnaround doesn't leave much time for reflection with Cavan manager Mickey Graham believing that his team can summon an instant response.

"Sometimes when you have time to think about these things and time to dwell on them, you can over-elaborate, and unfortunately there’s not a lot you can do about it," Graham says ahead of the upcoming St Tiernach's Park tussle with neighbours Monaghan.

"Because of the quick turnaround, we as a collective group have an opportunity now to try to fix what went wrong last week as regards our own game, how we can work on things that didn’t happen for us.

"We have an opportunity to do that now, and hopefully we can learn the lessons from last week - and bring them into the game on Saturday."

Last year Cavan edged out their neighbours with Monaghan keen to carry out a revenge mission on home turf.

"They have made no secret of it for the last number of months since the draw was made that this is the game they were focusing on," Graham replies.

"Even during the course of the League, the players have come out and said they were disappointed with the performance last year.

"They wanted to correct that this year. They’ve been targeting this from the word go. So we have to be really on our game if we’re going to keep the game tight.

"This is definitely a game they have targeted, no more than ourselves as well. But if you’re looking at the form-book at the current time, you’d say Monaghan will be strongly fancied for this one."

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