Saturday 23 September 2017

'Some of the criticism Derek has taken would break any man' - Moran backs Waterford tactics

Kevin Moran celebrates with Waterford selector Dan Shanahan. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
Kevin Moran celebrates with Waterford selector Dan Shanahan. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Waterford's Kevin Moran has launched a staunch defence of his manager Derek McGrath ahead of Sunday's All Ireland hurling final against Galway.

McGrath was criticised by TV pundits for his use of a sweeper despite the Déise racking up some big scores en route to the Croker showdown.

"We play in a certain way a lot of teams actually play that way. Sometimes, with other teams, it’s termed a deep-lying half-forward but with us it’s different," said Moran.

"That’s another day’s work. Look, we have to play to our strengths. I think the game is evolving constantly and you see that with all the top teams.

"But we’re still here, we’re enjoying the build-up, there’s a good buzz around and there’s a mammoth task ahead of us but I think we’re playing great hurling as well.

"I don’t want to go into the whole traditionalist bit and all this kind of stuff and why sometimes we are labelled, but that man (McGrath), the amount of stuff that has been said from both in and outside the county, if he took it literally it would break any man.

"We have to keep going, have to do what’s right for us. If we take what people from the outside are saying, sure it would cripple any man, especially this year, so we have to stick to what we and Derek believe in, what suits us. There are hundreds of people, I’m sure, that are high up who have a lot to say on us. Those critics are entitled to their opinion.

"In saying that, there had been great support from the good people within the county that know how much this team have put in. That’s reassuring and it’s great to be involved in it."

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