BRIAN Cody has described as "condescending" some of the flak the Dublin hurlers have faced since their All-Ireland SHC exit last Sunday in Thurles.
The Sunday Game pundits Donal Óg Cusack and Ger Loughnane were both cutting in their analysis of Anthony Daly's team after their quarter-final defeat by Tipperary last Sunday and this week, former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins suggested they "looked manufactured" on the day.
"They performed badly on the day as many teams have done before, and the same level of remark wasn't passed upon other team who have also failed to perform in given situations," Cody pointed out at Kilkenny's pre-All-Ireland semi-final press conference yesterday.
"To me they have outstanding players and have proven over the past couple of years exactly the quality they have.
"There is nobody questioning their natural ability over the past couple of years, whereas it's easy enough to hit them with that now.
"But it's completely wrong as far as I'm concerned."
Asked whether he viewed the 'manufactured' jibe as being symptomatic of a snobbish attitude towards Dublin, Cody said: "I certainly would consider it that, because the same people were saying six months before that they were capable of winning the All-Ireland final.
"So it was a huge change in how people looked upon them.
"I would say it's certainly condescending, call it what you like.
"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."
Cody also explained that Richie Power and Michael Fennelly had now both returned to full training and were in contention for Kilkenny's All-Ireland semi-final with Limerick on Sunday week.