Friday 30 September 2016

Brian Cuthbert: Dublin were far superior in every facet

Published 26/04/2015 | 18:44

26 April 2015; Cork's Barry O'Driscoll following his side's loss. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
26 April 2015; Cork's Barry O'Driscoll following his side's loss. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Final, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

There were very little of any positive for Cork today as they succumbed to an 11-point drubbing at the hands of a Dublin side who made a serious statement ahead of the Championship at Croke Park today.

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Cork's first score from play was Mark Collins 48th minute goal and their overall performance will have disappointed the Rebel fans who made the trip to the capital.

Staring at a scoreline of 1-21 to 2-7, there was very little for Brian Cuthbert to take from the game.

He told Sunday Sport on RTE Radio One: "We never really got going at all to be fair, Dublin were far superior in every facet.

"Overall, we have had a very good lead but today has put a dampener on a lot of good work.

"Once they got their noses in front they were able to drive on and we weren't able to cope.

"We made a lot of mistakes that were unforced and when you do that against good teams, you are going to be under pressure.

"Whether we won the league today or lost, it didn't really affect where we are going to next. We have seven or eight weeks to prepare for Limerick or Clare.

"Today was disappointing, we didn't play and we didn't get ourselves up to the speed of the game."

In the opposite corner, Jim Gavin witnessed the most complete performance of 2015 from his side, even though he was disappointed to see his charges concede two goals from play.

"We got a bit of a performance today which we are happy with. We're delighted we got the result," Gavin said

"We went after it, to try and be a bit more clinical. We would be disappointed with the goals we conceded if I'm being honest and that wouldn't be good enough in a couple of weeks time.

"We'll enjoy this evening and then look forward towards Championship.

"Defence is a part of every team's gameplan and it's the same for Dublin despite the perception that we're very cavalier and off-the-cuff. We pride ourselves in our defence.

"We do if we can play an expansive game."

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