We were probably missing three forwards today who will start in the championship, so I wouldn’t overly judge the forwards. But what I would judge is the intensity. We need to bring bucket loads of intensity, and today we bought very little. Are we fit enough to do it I wonder?
That was very dispiriting though, even though its not our championship team it’s a good lot of them. For us to compete we need to be faster and stronger, and really good in the air, and we aren’t.
It’s early days for Kenny, so I wouldn’t be panicking. Who knows what type of training he has them doing. But if the training isn’t the reason I might worry a bit.
My fear from the beginning about Kenny was that he would manage Dublin traditionally, seeing it as his job to tweak tactics and make astute changes etc. But Dublin need a bit more madness then that - the guys need to be incredibly intense for the whole game and fit enough to do it. We are neither at the moment.
My gut instinct is that we are on the wrong track, but I have little evidence for that, its only February. But I say it because of a) the lack of drive in the team, b) the clunky look of the forwards, we do have options that aren’t being used that would bring a bit more finesse and speed and c) guys just aren’t hurling as well as they can.
I think we will improve, the return of players will bring that. Also I suspect Kenny was under instruction to more or less follow last years template (I don’t know that of course, but it would have been a sensible condition for the first year). But its not good, I think we might be in a bit of trouble for a year or two.