Fermanagh manager Rory Gallagher was much happier with his side’s performance against Offaly than the one they produced in the opening day win over Wexford.
Gallagher watched his side race into an eight point lead by half time and although Offaly cut that back to three in the second half, Fermanagh finished strongly to run out convincing victors.
“I would be much more pleased with the display than last week,” said the Fermanagh boss. “I thought we produced a lot of good football and put up a decent score of 2-11. The negative would be giving them a few scoreable frees in the first half and they missed a few scoreable frees as well. In the second half we knew Offaly were going to come at us and we were disappointed that when we were eight points up we didn’t come out and push on, we allowed them to make a game of it too early, but I’m pleased with how we finished.”
Fermanagh hit another two goals on Sunday, the first coming from Conall Jones following an intercepted kick out while Aidan Breen slotted home the second. And Gallagher declared himself pleased with both strikes.
“You have to create mistakes as well and I would be very pleased with the goals, particularly that first goal, I thought it was very good play from ourselves. It was good quality finishing and on a drier sod, if the ball could have bounced a bit more kindly for us we could have been in once or twice more,” he added.
Fermanagh’s ploy of squeezing up to put pressure on from the opposition kick outs has been effective to date in the league and it is an tactic that they have worked hard on. 
“A lot of teams like to work it short and we feel that albeit we were missing Ryan (Jones) we have a very strong midfield. It is difficult in winter conditions to get short kick outs away, one mistake can cost a team but I’m pleased with the approach to that. You don’t win them all and you can leave yourself exposed but it is something that we have worked a bit on,” he said.
And he felt that his side were more clinical against the Faithful county.
“We probably could have had another couple of scores in the first half but 2-06 was reasonable in the first half in the conditions. You seen Sean there, he got two good points from play, Conall got a great point from play and he finished the goal really well too. It was just a wee bit more clinical as well I thought,” said Gallagher.
Fermanagh were missing a number of players through injury, illness and suspension for the game and Gallagher admits that he was worried coming into the game
“I was very worried coming into the game because we were very depleted. From last week you are still missing Tomás and Ruairi (Corrigan) and James (McMahon) and Ryan (Jones) were suspended while Seamie (Quigley) has a bad chest infection. We had a couple of boys in the squad this week who were touch and go, there was a lot of flu and chest infections and the likes of Danny Teague and Mickey Jones were in bad shape all week but they started and they they did a very good job,” he added.
Next up for Gallagher is a clash against Sligo in Markievicz Park and he expects that it will be a tricky encounter.
“I think Sligo have went with a fairly young team and they have had a good win against Wexford and put up a good score. Armagh appear to be very strong and looked after them well but I know a couple of the Sligo guys and I know they will be very will drilled and very well coached so it is going to be another test. It is an away trip, you know yourself, playing at home in front of your home crowd generally gives you a lift,” he stated.