Francis Forde says Galway was only thinking about victory in the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
“I know that was said between Davy Burke, Johnny Coen, Joe Canning, even out in the pitch, ‘this is not happening again'” Forde told The Irish Independent.
He said the players knew what it feels like to come up short and that they will not let it happen again.
The Tribesmen were successful. They emerged victorious over Waterford and capture the Cup for the first time in 29 years.
The selector said they channeled all the negative energy in the past and was glad they were able to yield positive results.
“I think that pain, that hurt, that these lads have been through probably drove them over the line in the end. Enough was enough because, as a county and a hurling team, we’d endured a lot and taken a lot of criticism. In fairness to the boys they haven’t responded to it, they’ve taken it on the chin.”