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Ger Loughnane's 'gutless' criticism is just wrong - Brian Cody

Loughnane is capable of saying anything

Michael Verney

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has rejected criticism made by Ger Loughnane about Galway's Hurlers. Picture Credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has rejected criticism made by Ger Loughnane about Galway's Hurlers. Picture Credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Ger Loughnane is "capable of saying anything" according to Brian Cody, with the Kilkenny boss branding the former Clare manager's recent criticism of Galway's hurlers as "wrong" and "not remotely true".

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Loughnane claimed the Tribesman were "gutless" in the wake of their Leinster final collapse to the Cats, but Galway went some way to dispelling such talk with a clinical display against Clare on Sunday.

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Cody, who studied alongside Loughnane in St Patrick's College Drumcondra, doesn't agree with his old adversary's assessment and wasn't surprised with Galway's reaction, as he fancied them to prevail.

"They went out to maybe prove everybody wrong if you like, but they went out to play as well as they possibly could," said Cody.

"Seemingly they got a fair bit of criticism, I have no idea what kind of reaction there was in Galway.

"Obviously everybody speaks about what Ger Loughnane said and whatever, but Ger says as he says. That's fair enough - not fair enough, but it's the way he is.

"Personally, if it was being said about ourselves it wouldn't concern me.

"Everybody knows it was absolutely not right and not remotely true. Galway are an excellent team. Of course it was wrong and they went out and were excellent against Clare. They have great hurlers.

"I suppose Ger has to fill column inches too and sometimes could be stuck for something to say. I would know Ger well from a long time ago, and the man is capable of saying anything."

Meanwhile, Cody has a full deck to pick from for Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford, with captain Shane Prendergast back in full training and challenging for a place in defence after missing the Leinster final with a leg injury.

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