Wednesday 26 April 2017

Spillane: Gavin needs to 'freshen up' his team

Pat Spillane Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Pat Spillane Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Kerry legend Pat Spillane has called on Bernard Brogan to ignore off-field distractions over the next 10 days and focus on helping Dublin win back-to-back All-Irelands.

Brogan was ineffective in last Sunday's drawn final, with Mayo corner-back Brendan Harrison winning their personal duel hands down.

The 32-year-old has not had the same impact this year as he has had in recent seasons and could find himself in the unfamiliar position of being benched by Jim Gavin.

Speaking for Independent.ie's Throw-In podcast in association with Boylesports, Spillane thinks Brogan should put his head down ahead of the October 1 replay.

"Dublin need to make a few changes," he said. "Some of the Dublin stars aren't producing the goods this year and Gavin has a big decision. . . Bernard Brogan, who doesn't go off our televisions between SuperValu and everything else.

"Fair play to him. They guy is making a fortune but if I was Jim Gavin I'd say, 'Bernard, for the next two weeks no television, no ploughing championships, no opening supermarkets, no cooking - Bernard I want you training and training hard' because Bernard hasn't been producing.

"I think Jim Gavin needs to freshen up the team and call some of their stars ashore."

Spillane believes Mayo need to put more emphasis on their attack the next day and suggested that they should deploy the twin threat of Aidan O'Shea and Barry Moran in their full-forward line from the start.

"Mayo came with a tactic and the tactic was very much defensive and they didn't put enough thought into their forward line and they didn't have enough support their forwards," he added.

"Aidan O'Shea is brilliant, brilliant footballer. .. they still haven't got the right role for Aidan O'Shea.

"Sometimes we over-complicate things in life, sometimes we over-analyse.

"Think about this! If the three Dublin full-backs are 6ft, 6ft and 5ft11ins - on the law of averages if you lamp in Aidan O'Shea, who is six foot fecking four, if the ball comes in high the chance of the guy who is 6ft4ins winning it is high.

"I would put him on the edge of the square and I would lamp in some high balls and I'd bring Barry Moran in with him and he's 6ft 6ins and I'd test them out early."

Irish Independent

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