I’d have to watch it back but I did watch it all on the screen and I can’t recall the evidence underlying that statement.
Yes Fento was no great shakes, and McCarthy was often running with the ball rather than staying in the middle or fielding anything but Dublin used the usual range of kicking out/transferring ball through the middle areas, often short from the back, so that alone wipes out about 40% of the possessions that went through the middle as controlled by us. Because even allowing for a few fumbled (and I do worry about Kk, his control of possession looked loose yesterday, for a player who seemed to have such basic great skills a year or two ago).
We probably didn’t win as much long primary ball but I remember a fair bit won, and Kildare didn’t put everything long. What they didn’t, we turned over more than they turned us over, not as much as we might have got used to or expected but still a fair bit.
Those who have said about Cluxton’s kicks going badly awry, again I’d like to see the stats, I recall a couple that were marginally off, and those were ones of maximum difficulty that only had to be slightly off to look bad.
The goal was indeed disappointing, and Cluxton has had his problems with the high ones, we’ve probably conceded more goals that way in the last three years than any other top contender, or is that just the fact we scrutinise our own situation more than others? Whatever way you look at it, it can’t be denied that ROC would have eaten that one up against anyone bar the odd time against Donkey. And Philly has been very good at spoiling those when he’s been the one under it.