Tuesday 19 February 2019

'You'll have sh**e football... but sh**e can be helped' - Tomás Ó Sé criticises Cork and can't understand why one player isn't involved

Tomás Ó Sé (inset) wants a return to the Cork team for Cian Kiely
Tomás Ó Sé (inset) wants a return to the Cork team for Cian Kiely
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Tomás Ó Sé has called on Cork to abandon their defensive approach and play a more offensive game to get themselves out of the trouble they now find themselves in.

The Rebels are at the foot of the Division Two table and look set for a relegation battle after three uninspiring performances that have yielded a low-scoring draw with Fermanagh and defeats to Kildare and Clare.

Ó Sé was at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the loss to the Lilywhites and he was unimpressed by the defensive approach the side adopted and believes a more attacking style would suit their playing resources a lot more.

He feels that adopting a blanket defence and a slow transition from the backline into the attack is stymieing the talented players in their ranks.

"Here's a system that they are trying to deploy that is not working. Some teams like Tyrone, they do it effectively and don't have the balance up front," he told The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz.

"What Cork are doing is they're building up slowly up the field, there is no pace whatsoever with it and by the time you get it up to Luke Connolly there is 12-13 players around him. They can't express themselves like they are able to.

"I think Cork have good enough players."

He also feels that UCC star Cian Kiely is a player Ronan McCarthy should be using.

"There's a guy with UCC Cian Kiely, a wing back from Ballincollig, it's beyond me how he's not on the 26 in Cork.

"If he's not in the top 15 footballers in Cork there's something up.

"If Cork went man-to-man, I'm not saying use the exact template Dublin and Kerry are using but similar enough, I do think they have the players to achieve a lot more than they're achieving.

"You can talk about coaching, you can talk about Páirc Uí Chaoimh but it's not important, what's important is the style of play they implement.

"I don't know what's happening inside there but I walked out of the game against Kildare and I wouldn't blame Kildare for that performance because it was a shocking game of football. It was the way Cork are not playing to the strengths they have.

"There's something missing but I do think it can be helped.

"Someone told me yesterday, 'You're always going to have shite football at certain times of the year, there is always shite football' but shite can be helped and certainly in Cork's case the shite can be helped and that's the bottom line."

Cork take on table-toppers Meath on February 23 at home and need a win to get back on track.

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