Thursday 29 September 2016

Cooper: Dublin defence 'very disappointing' against Laois

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

Cooper; “Defensively it was very disappointing; [there were] a couple of aspects throughout
the game, particularly that nine or 10-minute period where we conceded a couple of scores,”. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cooper; “Defensively it was very disappointing; [there were] a couple of aspects throughout the game, particularly that nine or 10-minute period where we conceded a couple of scores,”. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jonny Cooper has branded Dublin's defensive display against Laois as 'very disappointing'.

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The All-Ireland champions conceded 2-10 against a Laois side that played with 14 men for more than half of the game, with Cooper insisting his side must improve before Sunday week's clash with Meath.

"Defensively it was very disappointing; (there were) a couple of aspects throughout the game, particularly that nine or 10-minute period where we conceded a couple of scores," he said.

"That wasn't up to our standards that we'd expect of ourselves.

"Certainly it was disappointed coming away from the game and having reviewed it, there were quite simple errors, individual errors and collective errors that hopefully we can rectify going forward because Meath have an offensive threat as well."

Giant Laois full-forward Donie Kingston caused Dublin plenty of problems but Cooper believes they can cope with aerial threats without established full-back Rory O'Carroll.

"Yeah look (it's) the usual, 'Dublin are small in the full-back line, we're suspect at high balls', that sort of stuff," he said.

"I'm certainly well used to hearing it. Don't get me wrong, it's a threat that any opposition can have on a given day.

"That's certainly there but people tend to, especially with Rory gone there now, push that point a little bit further, try to get a little bit more change off it and that's all external, what people think.

"It is what it is, the challenge is there for a high ball on any given day but it's no more difficult that Rory isn't there or someone else isn't there, for me anyway."

Cooper has never lost to Meath in his senior career but sees the current team as an unknown quantity.

"They have a couple of new lads so that's a bit of an unknown quantity for us," he said.

"They won against Louth in their first Championship game. They always rise to the occasion, especially against Dublin, and particularly now with the couple of good ball players they have around the half-forward line."

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