The game tonight has shown how far off the top level we are. For all the talk about Dublin being gym monkeys, Kilkenny were physically way bigger than us today. It was like men against boys. McMorrow and O Rourke were like 2 kids playing against men.
I am on side with Lone Ranger and Rico, Cunnigham is not the reason we lost. He can't just create ball winning forwards out of thin air. The fact of the matter is we don't have the players, we are simply not good enough to compete with the kilkennys and tipperarys of this world.
What has amazed me so far is that everyone is criticising the manager but nobody questioning the players after the 2nd half performance. One of my biggest issues with this team is that not one of the forwards is willing to put his body on the line to win a breaking ball or puck out, some of the players were genuinely afraid to contest for the ball. The kk goal game from treacy having loads of space to catch the ball from a puck out but instead he decided to wave his hurl at it so that he wouldn't get hit. Unacceptable in my eyes.
Also, the fact that O Donnell and Barrett, our 2 u21s on the team were the 2 who showed most leadership today and were most willing to put their body on the line today is a damning indictment on the rest of the team.
People need to face the facts and get their head out of the sand, we do not have the players. We could have Brian Cody in charge but this team would still not be challenging for the all Ireland.
You can talk all you want about minors + 21s but there's no forwards coming through on either team. Dublin hurling is going nowhere soon and it is because the players aren't there.
On the short puck out strategy, I am no advocate for it- it cost us numerous scores today, but the theory behind it Is understandable as we are not physically able to compete against other teams, to those who say we should just hoof it long, how many times did Buckley or Murphy sweep up the long ball today? Short puck outs are not the cause of our defeat, not having the players is the reason