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O'Dwyer: We let Daly down

RYAN O'DWYER admits the "sense of devastation" felt by Dublin's hurlers over last Saturday's disastrous performance against Kilkenny in Portlaoise remains high.

And he has challenged his team-mates to salvage something from their season to repay the faith shown in them by management.

"We feel we have let them down," the Kilmacud Crokes man revealed.

"Out of everyone it was Dalo who took Saturday's defeat the hardest. I wouldn't be surprised if he is questioning himself.

"But I know all the Dublin players are crazy about him and would gladly take a hurl to the head for him."

Writing on his blog for the Vodafone Dub Hub (www.hill16.ie/thedubhub), O'Dwyer insisted Daly was "dead right when he said on TV afterwards that he might have been better off picking up 20 lads outside the Red Cow hotel. Those comments were harsh but Daly was right."

The Tipp native admitted that he himself was "as guilty as anyone about talking Dublin up and talking about us being good enough to win an All-Ireland.

"But that's only because I believe in these players. But maybe at times we are too positive. Maybe we expect things to happen and don't go out and make them happen.

He added: "we not only failed ourselves but we failed our friends and families and Dublin."

Dublin do, however, has a chance to potentially salvage their season, beginning with a tricky trip to Division 1B champions Clare tomorrow week.

Searching for a flicker of optimism, O'Dwyer says Dublin can, at least: "take solace from the fact that Tipperary lost to Cork by 10 points in the first round of Munster in 2010 and recovered and won the All-Ireland."

He concluded: "Of course the fact that Daly is from Clare and Davy Fitz is in charge of them now adds a lot of extra spice to it. But it didn't matter who we got in the draw we don't want our hurling to be over this early.

"We want to react positively and we need to regroup and put in a display that puts pride back into Dublin hurling."