Wednesday 22 November 2017

Player's view

Nicholas Murphy

Cork midfielder

Age: 32

Club: Carrigaline

"There's been a great work ethic about this team and winning the league this season was a big thing for us. We tried out new players during it and fellas got a chance to perform at a higher level.

"It's been a stop-start year for me with injuries. I missed a couple of months (a stress fracture of the lower spine) but it's coming good at the right time and I'm back.

"Losing to Kerry didn't have a massive impact on us. It was after extra-time and only by a point, and we knew there was only ever going to be a kick of a ball between us.

"It was the All-Ireland we were looking to get to. If we won Munster on the way that was a bonus.

"With the qualifiers, we were playing week in, week out and, with injuries, our panel was being stretched.

"But we have 33-34 fellas there -- some of them don't even make it on match day -- who are well capable of starting on the first 15.

"In the last two finals we didn't play as well as we did in the previous games and we hope that fellas will have the experience from last year, and the previous time, to be able to perform on the day and grind out a result.

"It's about pushing it over the line, and that's something where we fell short last year.

"There's great belief and confidence in the team. The fact that we didn't panic in the last 10 minutes against Dublin was the big thing. We've kept going for the full 70 minutes in every game -- that's been driven into us all year -- and we've also plenty of fellas that can come on and finish off the job, hopefully.

"Every fella wants to be playing in an All-Ireland final -- the fact that you were there the last couple of years means nothing now.

"You can only do something about what's happening ahead of you, not about what happened before."

Irish Independent

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