Our inability and Kerry’s ability to do this was effectively the difference between the sides in 2007. Kerry just held the ball in the crucial final act of the game and patiently worked a score. We were never able to do that - we just didn’t have the patience - and that lack of patience led to panic when Cluxton was left stranded with the ball near the end with no-one to pass to and it ended up going to a Kerry guy who scored the insurance point.
I remember in a semi against Mayo a few years ago, we held possession for the first time in a major game and the crowd, including The Hill, got really restless as it seemed we were bizarrely counting-down-the-clock midway through a tight match - and there were even slow hand-claps coming from our own. But when it ended in a crucial point, the crowd immediately realised that they were watching something very special and tactical and they certainly didn’t moan when we did it again in the same match and got a goal from it. I remember being very impressed with the psychological make-up of our players - the way they were so unperturbed by the crowd’s displeasure and totally immune to it.