I think that whole thing has be very much overplayed. Costello got into a bit of push and shoving with his man when he came on, like every other sub practically in the history of the game, For some reason the cameras showed a lot of it, but it was pushing and shoving from each, no more, no less. Kilkenny pulled Keegan when he made a run for the ball, if that isn’t Karma coming back to haunt than nothing is. But it gave Mayo exactly what they needed, a free man to kick the ball to and they chose not to do it. The sheer stupidity of the last 3 Mayo kick outs was the story of the last 5 minutes, not this perceived cynicism from Dublin. The only particularly cynical thing I saw was Costello moving the kicking tees, which I don’t like and which he was booked for.
But I don’t like this ‘everyone would have done the same’ thing as regards what Dublin are supposed to have done. It didn’t happen in the first place. People need to look at the game and what was happening on the pitch not what the cameras choose to show. I didn’t realise until the 2013 final how much people are led by the commentary and camera angles. I rang home at half time in the '13 final to be told we are in big trouble here and will be lucky not to be hammered, while at the game I was perfectly comfortable. I couldn’t see us losing when Cluxton could find his man with 50m kickouts every time. But the TV coverage had totally coloured the opinion of the country.