Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00
"Their intensity is the biggest thing because when they get the ball, they're so quick and when you've the ball, they're all over you. You have to be really on your game and if you let Tyrone guys go, you're going to be in trouble. You have to stay with them the whole time."
strength in depth
"More and more you are having to play 20 guys. Around the middle third in particular, where guys run out of steam, and it's important to have good options. The fitness tests (on Eoghan O'Gara, Philly McMahon and Michael Darragh Macauley) will tell a lot in terms of options. It's not ideal that we are having those tests, but the extra week has given us those options."
The race for Sam
"It's always wide open really. Kerry are still there so from our side of things only Kerry or Cork were going to get to the final, so it didn't change anything a whole pile for us. It's great to see somebody like Mayo coming up and doing that. If you were a neutral it was great for the competition and it breaks a cycle."
The midfield battle
"It doesn't seem to bother Tyrone too much about the centre of midfield. Even if they're losing the ball, they tend to recover it quite quickly. After half-time the last day (against Roscommon), they lost six or seven kick-outs but they had the ball back before it got to their own '45'. That's the style that they have and you have to be very aware of that. There's no point in going up to make great catches -- you've got to get it out of there very quickly and get it forward. It's an important area, but, if you do get the ball, you've to get it out of there very quickly."