It seems the vast majority of teams are retreating to well beyond the 45M line now when Dublin has the ball. But whereas this used to be a problem for us, we now have a system that takes care of it more or less. But we seemed to have become ingrained in this system a bit, and now have a bit of trouble when the other team doesn’t retreat so far. The big difference the other night between the first half Donegal and the second half Donegal is that in the second half they began to meet us on the half way line and not allow us get further up the field without pressure.
If a team is conditioned in such a way that they can stay with Dublin at this, they stand a chance. Kerry and Mayo can, and they then make it a game of individual match ups and not one system versus another. The problem Dublin might have is that the same players who can work the system really well, are not the necessarily the same players who can win one on one battles.
Kilkenny, Connolly, Howard, O Callaghan and Mannion can do both, and Rock is vital for the frees. So for me they are our six forwards. Scully can be very useful in some type of games, and so can Kevin Mc, maybe Basquel though would threaten his place a bit as they are sort of similar. But I would love to see what effect Aaron Byrne would have in there as a ball carrier, he would bring something new. I would also like to see Shane Carthy get a good chance in the second half of the league. He can bring scores from midfield also (and is a very good free taker also, if the need arises).