Having been well beaten by Cork, Waterford now face All-Ireland champions Kilkenny in the National Hurling League.
The first game of the campaign was a real eye opener for the Déise men, who suffered heavy a defeat (3-17 to 0-18) at the hands of a hungry Rebels side, but Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh has insisted that there is no need to panic: “Even though it’s disappointing to lose by that sort of margin, you just have to take it as it comes.
When things go wrong you get beaten but there’s not much difference between getting beaten by five points and winning by five points,” said the midfielder.
Speaking at a press conference to publicise this weekend’s clash with Kilkenny; ‘Brick’ isn’t in denial however as he admitted: “We have a lot to work on.”
Waterford have the look of a side in transition and certainly against the Leesiders, the Déise’s circumstances weren’t ideal. Any team would feel the loss of such marquee names as Tony Browne, John Mullane and Eoin Kelly. Coupled with the fact that they were the guidance of a new manager in Michael Ryan meant that there was always likely to be a bedding in period. Waterford will be looking for progress this weekend but nothing will come easy against the Kilkenny juggernaut who themselves recorded a comfortable eight point win over Tipperary in their opening league fixture.