HUGH MCFADDEN says Donegal have had to be ‘real’ since retaining their Ulster title last month.
The Killybegs man has had a fine summer so far in a deep-set role as Donegal swept to a second Ulster crown in a row.
But as they head for the Super 8s and a home tie with Meath on Sunday, McFadden insists that Donegal aren’t buying any of the garlands that have been flung at them in the weeks since they took receipt of the Anglo Celt again.
“We’re on a high after a few successful weeks, but there is realism in the squad too,” McFadden told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub.
“We know we have to perform on the national stage, but we still have last year’s disappointment lingering over us. There has been improvements a bit of maturing. Last year, we had come off the back of a very difficult 2017.
“Yes, we’ve been somewhat impressive, but we have to be at our best in the coming weeks.
“We can’t have any excuses. We have to make foot of the early games and the home advantage at the weekend.”
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