“It is good to see him back” - Brian Dooher welcomes Feargal Logan's return after stroke, but admits Tyrone were second best to Donegal

Tyrone joint managers Fergal Logan and Brian Dooher
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It was perhaps one of the few positives Tyrone could take from Saturday night’s sobering loss to Ulster champions Donegal as Feargal Logan made a welcome return following his recent health scare.

Logan revealed last week that he suffered a stroke before Tyrone’s League game against Derry in Celtic Park in February.

Tyrone’s joint-manager made his first appearance during Saturday’s seven-point loss to Donegal in Ballybofey, although Brian Dooher stated afterwards that Logan has been back working with the senior team for the last few weeks.

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“His role was the same as every other day,” said Dooher when asked how involved Logan was against Donegal.

“He’s been there for a while now, this was just the first game he was at.

“He has been back for a number of weeks now. Feargal is doing well and it is good to see him back and he is getting better each day.”

Tyrone’s management duo will have plenty to ponder after they were blown away by Donegal in a one-sided second half.

Just one point separated the team’s at the break, but the hosts outscored the Red Hands 0-11 to 0-5 after the break.

“We just didn’t handle the hard running of Donegal coming at us in that second half, they broke lines and created scoring chances,” said Dooher.

“They deservedly won it in the end up, they were the better team in that second half.

“We just didn’t cope with Donegal runners as well in the second half. First half, they got through a few times, probably we were lucky not to concede goals maybe. In the second half, they really came at us hard and we struggled with it a bit..

“They’re all good footballers across the field and we knew that. They broke lines and overlapped on us. It makes it very hard defensively once you’ve two versus one or even one versus one in the shooting zone.”

Donegal’s victory means they are strong favourites to top the group and progress to the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland SFC leaving Tyrone to fight for a place in the preliminary quarter-final.

“That’s realistically what you’re looking for,” added Dooher.

“It’s good that we’ve a match next week again to get things back on track again, looking forward to Clare at home. Here, there’s no point feeling sorry for ourselves, we’ll dust ourselves down and take the learning from it, go again.”

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