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Monday 25 September 2017

Corbett turning deaf ear to critics

Lar Corbett is out-jumped by Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh in the All-Ireland final
Lar Corbett is out-jumped by Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh in the All-Ireland final
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

TIPPERARY star Lar Corbett admits that his All-Ireland final performance wasn't up to scratch but insists he won't let the criticism he has taken since then get to him.

Corbett carried his form from 2010, which earned him the Hurler of the Year award, into the early part of this year, but found space at a premium in the decider against Kilkenny.

"My own personal performance in the final? I would be disappointed because I didn't get on to as much ball as I could have and should have," said Corbett, who finished the campaign with a personal tally of 7-9.

"That's down to Kilkenny asking all the right questions. They held our forwards tight on the day, we had no answers for them. Those are the facts.

"My job is to go out and try to represent Tipperary as best I can. If that doesn't work, that's fair enough. But I'm not going to take (criticism) into account because it's only another man's opinion.

"I just try to pick myself up from maybe not playing as well as I can. Personal criticism, I don't really mind that at all. People are entitled to their opinion. They pay their money to come into Croke Park and watch a spectacle."

Corbett also paid tribute to Tipp trainer Cian O'Neill, who stepped down after four years with the Premier county and admitted there could well be some new faces in the squad next year.

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"The facts are there to prove that Tipperary have come along way since Cian O'Neill got involved," said Corbett. "I know that he's going to Mayo and probably doing a different role with Mayo but he was super to the Tipperary set-up. Tipperary will be sad to see him go.

"Declan (Ryan) and Tommy (Dunne) have to sit down to see what they want and players will have to look at themselves as well. I haven't heard anything at the moment but between now and Christmas will tell a lot."

Tipperary won the Munster final against Waterford by 21 points but struggled past an understrength Dublin side in the All-Ireland semi-final before losing to the Cats. However, Corbett denied his side had peaked too early in the season.

"People wait for a result at the end of the year and they say, 'what happened in the Munster final was the worst thing that happened to you in 2011'," he said.

"That's the first time I've heard that, that you beat a team by 21 points and it's the worst thing that happened to you. But two years ago, when we were beating teams by two or three points, it was, 'you're letting leads go, what's the problem?'

"You can only play what's in front of you, do your best on the day and it shouldn't really make a difference what you win or lose by. You have to think of the next day. That's the way I see it."

Irish Independent

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