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Rushe: We'll use defeat to repair

AS is his wont, Liam Rushe doesn't coat the medicine with any sugar.

There's no 'put it all behind us and move on' from Dublin's centre-back, who actually escaped the day to which he refers with his personal playing reputation in tact.

Rushe, it seems, is more inclined to embrace the pain and then try do something useful with it than pretend it never existed at all.

"I've been depressed for the last few of days alright," he admits. "Wallowing in despair.

"But look, we're back training now. The game is a fortnight from Sunday. So it's time to start looking up.

"We're still in it. I think we need to hold on to that hurt from Sunday and definitely use it as motivation. Wounded pride, almost. We never got going."

"It's not exactly a massive crowd we get. It's more your friends and your family who come in...we let them all down. And the other panel members who didn't get a crack at it.

"They're probably itching to give a better account of themselves than we did of ourselves. I think we owe it to them to give a better account of ourselves the next day."

So? Where did it all go wrong?

"Yeah I've ben asking that question for a few days and I'm no closer to an answer," says Rushe.

"I wouldn't say it was a gulf in skill or class, we just didn't look tuned in, a bit shell-shocked, and collectively we forgot how hard-won the title was last year.

"How hard we fought and battled for it and that's the basic element of what we were missing on Sunday."

It the pre-amble to last Sunday, Anthony Daly made a pertinent point.


Typically, he employed a colourful scenario in order to get it across.

"Win and everything is right," said the Dublin manager. "Sure you could go down there (points to Hogan Stand sideline) naked on the line and if you win they'll all say 'Jesus that was some stunt by Daly."

Similarly, the reverse it true.

Lose, and everything you tried to do; your methods, tactics and substitutions, are uniformly deemed to have been misguided, foolish and wrong.

Still, it's worth getting the take of someone who suffered through it. Did Dublin drop too many men, too deep?


"We went with set-ups that worked for us in the League and previous years," says Rushe. "I don't think it was the formation, I think we looked uncomfortable on the ball.

"Yeah we drew lads out of midfield, which we've done in the past, and we kept Kilkenny goalless. If you said that to me before the match, I'd have said we'll win. But they beat us on points.

"So I don't think it was the formation, I think it was our execution. Because when you do turn over the ball, you have to make good use of it out the field and we didn't. Then when the ball started going in, it was coming right back out.

"We'll just hammer back into training," he says of the process Dublin now face now.

"Maybe we freshen it up. Lads that are looking for starts will be hungrier. Maybe that's what we need.

"Or maybe it's just a blip and lads will switch back on and realise the ferocity that we need to play with," Rushe concludes. "Just as a must, as a basic, as a pre-requisite to winning anything at all."