Armagh’s execution in front of the goal posts has been a “major problem” throughout the year says manager Kieran McGeeney.
The Orchard County lost out to Tyrone last weekend by two-points but had enough chances to win the game.
Three glorious goal opportunities feel their way in the first half. Conor Turbitt and Jason Duffy forced saves from Niall Morgan, while a Jarly Og Burns effort dribbled wide.
McGeeney is happy this is side are creating the chances but finishing them off has been the biggest issue.
“Execution has been a major problem for us. We’re not finishing,” said the 2002 All-Ireland winning captain.
“We’re killing teams with setting up chances, and their shot to score ratio way exceeds ours. It’s not as if we don’t have the forwards to do it. A lot of the shots aren’t under great pressure.
“I think it’s more pressure they put on themselves in terms of just having that wee bit of a ruthless streak when the games in the melting pot. But hopefully that’ll come.”
McGeeney did feel that his side “showed real character” to come back from the brink and make a real game of it.
Armagh trailed Tyrone by five-points at one stage, but battled back bravely in the final quarter.
“I thought the fellas showed real character today. They’ve shown all throughout the year that they can live with any team, but our execution at important times has been poor.
“I’d say it wasn’t just the goal chances. Remember we had them running back three times and then a poor pass let them off the hook.
“It wasn’t just the three or four goal chances, there were probably seven in that 13 minutes that really sort of cost us.
“I thought we were very energetic, moving the ball forward, boys going after it. But we just didn’t get the ball in the net.”