O'Carroll: Dublin's system failure was on cards
WHILE Dublin's much-heralded defensive system failed to function for much of last weekend's Leinster championship quarter-final win over Wexford, Rory O'Carroll expects Pat Gilroy to persist with the same approach.
The Kilmacud Crokes defender described Dublin's performance as "terrible" and revealed that their performances in challenge games in the run-up to the Wexford clash hinted at what was to come.
"I don't think it (the defensive system) worked as well we wanted it to work. But I think we knew it wasn't going to work like clockwork," he said.
"Wexford just didn't let us play well, so I think they deserve a lot of credit. We were terrible as well, so it's kind of a combination of both.
"There were a few challenge matches actually before, that didn't go well at all.
"We were hammered by Cork and then we lost to Cavan and then we didn't play too well against Antrim, and then we got beaten by Mayo as well -- so we didn't really have a good run.
"So, we weren't expecting a huge performance from ourselves, but we weren't expecting to be as bad as we were."
O'Carroll is part of the Dublin U-21 hurling squad that will take on Kilkenny next Wednesday but he doesn't expect to see action in that game and he believes Dublin can improve from the Wexford game.
"We'll try and take the positives out of it, be aware of the negatives and try to improve for the next day," O'Carroll said.
"This season we set out to concentrate on performance and nothing else.
"We were honest with ourselves at the start of the season. We said winning an All-Ireland is not a realistic possibility, especially after the last couple of years. So we're concentrating on our performance and anything after Leinster is a bonus really."