the players we have are not up to it. You in particular can keep hiding behind the charade of blaming the manager.
It will not change the fact that the Dublin forwards like Dillon, Plunkett etc do not have the technical level of skill to play the likes of Kilkenny.. How any times did a Dublin forward mis-control the ball? Are you seriously telling me that in their mid 20's these guys are going to have a Road to Damascus moment and suddenly start doing things they never have?
Treacy is an in and out player. Darragh O Connell is too physically weak for this level. Mc morrow is another sunshine hurler. Great when we are winning by 10 points but doesn't have it against the top teams when he's under pressure.
To find replacements we had to go back to Oisin Gough who just doesn't have the pace for this level. And his replacement is a 33 year old? That's where we are at. Mc Caffrey, Dotsy etc - great servants but at elite level they don't have the speed for this level.
All any manager can do is blood the younger lads and hopefully in 5 years or so we'll have a good side again. At the moment we haven't the players.
If I was going to criticise the management it would be that they didn't change the whole half forward line after 25 minutes. How any of them stayed on the pitch after half time is beyond me.
Only shining light was O Donnell. Absolute superstar this kid is. Haven't seen a Dublin hurler as good as him since Conal Keaney. Absolute top player.