Friday 30 September 2016

'15 on 15' football is a pipe dream - Fitzpatrick

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Fitzpatrick has no concern about moving away from a more traditional set-up and insists change is common across every sport. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Fitzpatrick has no concern about moving away from a more traditional set-up and insists change is common across every sport. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Kildare defender Ciaran Fitzpatrick believes playing orthodox '15 on 15' football is only a "pipe dream".

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Fitzpatrick acknowledges that the Lilies had to change their approach fundamentally after their All-Ireland quarter-final mauling at the hands of Kerry last year.

"The Kerry game was something that a lot of us have been sick over," Fitzpatrick said. "Personally, I found it very hard to even go back and watch it.

"After a game like that you're avoiding people. I'm lucky I'm living up in Dublin so I'm not seeing people every day, I'm walking down the street and no-one knows me.

"But for lads around Kildare, you can hear people talking about it. We've just put it to the back of our minds now. We know it was a bad performance, things didn't work out but we know we need to build on something."

Fitzpatrick has no concern about moving away from a more traditional set-up and insists change is common across every sport.

"We're working to a game-plan at the moment - that more pragmatic approach, giving yourself chance to win," he explained.

"Some are saying it's end of the world - are they connected with the real world at all? Go 15 on 15 and leave Kerry and Dublin win every year?

"It's a pipe dream playing 15 on 15 and this perfect brand of football. If you look at a lot of the older games, the tackles that used to go in, hatchet men and all this kind of stuff, it's a totally different game.

"People are going to come up with new game-plans. You see it in every different sport.

"You see rugby, every two years there's a different sort of game-plan. Like the kicking game, and that goes out. Now everyone is trying to bring in the southern hemisphere style. The game changes and evolves."

The Kilcock man missed the win over Wexford with an ankle injury but is on track to see action against Westmeath in Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final.

"We know the performance (against Wexford) isn't going be good enough against Westmeath, who are on a high after the last game, or later on in the summer. That kind of game, maybe the last few years, you mightn't have eked out the win," he said.

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