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Sunday 21 September 2014

Cody claims criticism of Dubs was 'completely wrong'

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody

KILKENNY boss Brian Cody has come to the defence of the Dublin hurlers who several critics dismissed as "manufactured" in the wake of their All-Ireland quarter-final loss to Tipperary.

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"Call it what you like, I would say it's certainly condescending," Cody said, when asked if there was an element of 'hurling snobbery' about the phrase, which was used by several pundits and critics after last weekend's defeat.

"The same people were saying six months before that they (Dublin) were capable of winning the All-Ireland final, so it was a huge change in how people looked at them.

"There was nobody questioning their natural ability over the past couple of years, whereas it's easy enough to hit them with that now," he added.

"But it's completely wrong as far as I'm concerned. I would consider Dublin to be a top team, an absolute top team. I've been saying this for a long time, probably before anyone else was saying it.

"They performed badly on the day, as many teams have done before, and the same level of remarks weren't passed upon other teams who have also failed to perform in given situations," Cody noted. "To me, they have outstanding players and have proven over the past couple of years exactly the quality they have.

"Dublin will be very disappointed with how they played. They didn't perform as they'd like against us and they certainly didn't the last day.

"It's not for me to comment on Dublin except to say that I would have seen Dublin as one of the teams with the potential to win the All-Ireland as they were so very close last year."

"They're much better than they looked on both days," he added.

The Cats manager reported a clean bill of health ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Limerick on Sunday week and indicated that Michael Fennelly could be back in the frame after the back problem that derailed his summer.

The former Hurler of the Year was hit with a spasm just two nights before they faced Galway in the Leinster semi-final and has missed all of their games since, including the Leinster final.

But Cody reported that Fennelly is back in full training.

"We don't know yet exactly whether he will be playing or not playing," Cody said. "All we can do is monitor him in training. He's had a good run for the past couple of weeks now, so we'll see how it goes."

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