Friday 26 April 2019

Whelan: It was Dublin's worst performance in a few years

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'"I don't think they've taken a step back intentionally," Whelan said on The Throw-In, independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz.' Photo: Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Ciarán Whelan thinks that Dublin's attack has stalled during this year's league and that Jim Gavin must "re-energise" his forwards ahead of the championship.

A defeat on Saturday to Tyrone means that Dublin won't play in a league final for the first time since 2012, and have now lost three games in a campaign for the first time under Gavin.

Whelan said that he thinks the defeat to Tyrone was Dublin's "worst performance" in a number of years.

"I don't think they've taken a step back intentionally," Whelan said on The Throw-In, independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz.

"The culture that has been fostered over the last five or six years is to win every game.

"There have been a few games where they just haven't been good enough. The other night was probably their worst performance in quite a few years."

While some observers think Dublin have become vulnerable defensively, Whelan is more worried about the attacking performances.

"For me it's the other end of the field where Dublin have gone a little bit flat," Whelan added.

"I think there have been periods in a few of the league games where their shot options have been very poor.

"They've hit a few bad wides, they've had a lot of turnovers in the last 20 minutes.

"To be fair to Tyrone, even after Niall Sludden was sent off, they were still able to get into that defensive shape.

"And the reason they were able to get into that defensive shape is that Dublin take too many passes in the middle sector.

"They've hit a flat spot in terms of their forward line and they need to re-energise. Time is on their side but they have a lot to work on."

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