Karl Lacey said Donegal remained calm at half-time in their Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Derry, despite the fact they went in at the interval trailing by two points, after an ineffective opening 35 minutes.
Some suggested McGuinness must have read the riot act to his Donegal players at half-time, as they completely blew Derry away with a sensational 15 minute blitz at the start of the second-half.
However, Lacey revealed McGuinness was calm at half-time, because he knew his side had it in their legs to overcome the deficit in the second-half.
Lacey said, ” Jim kept things calm, we were two points down but we knew we had it in the legs.
“We had the training done. We had the hard work done. We knew we had the fitness to push on.
“We did that during the first ten or 15 minutes of the second half.
“We had a couple of great moves and a couple of great scores.
“I thought Leo’s goal was crucial and it came at the right time.
Lacey said all focus has now turned towards their Ulster SFC semi-final clash with either Antrim or Fermanagh.
“We’re not looking beyond the next match, people are suggested we’re in another Ulster final, but we’ll respect the challenge of either Antrim or Fermanagh and won’t underestimate either side.
It’s a great game too look forward to, and it’s a great opportunity for us to reach another Ulster final.