A dejected Dublin manager Anthony Daly says that Sunday’s 19-point defeat (4-19 to 0-12) was one of the hardest days since he took over in charge of the boys in blue.
“Awful disappointed. I don’t think we hurled at all ourselves in the first half and found ourselves in the dressing room only five (points) down and we felt if we came out and upped it,” said the Dubs boss.
“But I suppose realistically we would have had to get off the blocks and be ahead coming in at half-time. But Kilkenny did play kinda lethargic in the first half but, of course, again the old factors came into play – the nerves, even though we tried to calm it down beforehand.
“We’ll have to look at the video and see but it’s going to be very hard to come back from it, it’s an awful beating. Sure we’ll have to keep going and obviously they are a great team and they came out and proved that again today. We’ll get back at it on Tuesday night,” added the former Clare wing-back and two-time All-Ireland winner.
“For the first ten minutes of the second half we clawed our way back into it a bit but then the second goal and they drove on. Disappointed the way we dropped our heads a bit but we’ll talk about that. Some positives though for us as well, and I know people will find that hard to believe.
“It’s a learning process and today is one of the hardest days we’ve had. You know maybe it’s going to take something different, a different approach. But look we can only do it they way we know how to do it and we’ve been training meticulously well, giving it everything. But I was worried today, them coming up with a point to prove. You know people were beginning to talk that there was a bit of slippage in the league but (they) emphatically came out and showed, their options off the bench it’s frightening.
Looking ahead to the qualifers Daly said: “It’s (qualifiers) a terrible place to be but when you sign up for this stuff you know that you can be in it. I would not be the first time I was through it and we’ll have another go at it.”