Friday 19 January 2018

Bolton keen for Kildare to cut down error count

Kildare's Emmet Bolton said that a win against Laois could reinvigorate his side
Kildare's Emmet Bolton said that a win against Laois could reinvigorate his side

Declan Rooney

Kildare's Emmet Bolton concedes that the Leinster championship is Dublin's to lose, but insists that a win against Laois in Tullamore tomorrow evening could reinvigorate the Lilywhites.

And after their disappointing relegation to Division 3 looked likely to be followed by defeat last weekend until their late comeback, Bolton is just thrilled to have another date with Laois to prepare for and is not daunted by the Dubs waiting at Croke Park.

"No not at all, we're not (daunted). At the end of the day we will focus on Laois and Laois only for this week.

"If we do get over them Dublin are there to be knocked. They are a very, very good team. They are a team, they are champions elect - it is theirs to lose. If we do get over Laois we will look at that and see where we go from there," said the former All Star nominee.

While Kildare will have been boosted by the way they rescued their Leinster championship campaign, Bolton admitted that the concession of silly frees almost cost his side last weekend.

Kicking a trio of points to level a match in injury-time means the humour in the camp will be buoyant, but he thinks they need to improve all over the pitch to win.

"It is disappointing that we didn't win, it is a relief that we got back from three points down with five minutes to go but we have to realise that we have a lot of work ahead of us for next week to put in a performance against Laois.

"Going forward I think we have a lot to improve on. I think our free-count is far too high, we kicked a lot of ball away and got turned over in the tackle as well so these are all things going forward that we will have to look at.

"We were probably a bit slow in our build-up play from defence to attack - we were a bit lateral. We got turned over a lot on their 45 and I think our shot selection was poor."

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