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Barry-Murphy slow to make changes for Deise replay


Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has admitted that he is reluctant to make wholesale changes to his starting 15 ahead of Sunday's Munster SHC quarter-final replay against Waterford.

Despite coming back to draw after trailing by nine points midway through the second half, Barry-Murphy maintained that his players have a point to prove and indicated that they will be given another chance to impress.

"Generally, I'm pretty conservative in relation to making too many changes. My record over the years would indicate that," Barry-Murphy said.

"I'm not slow to change, but at a certain stage, you must look at the panel and say when does a guy deserve to start?

"We have a number of players who are very unhappy to be on the bench, but they take it in the right spirit. But then, in the duty of responsibility to put the best team out on the field, you must make calls on certain players. If their form has gone below a certain level then you have to look at players who are showing form in training."

Cork are hoping to welcome back dual star Eoin Cadogan, who played for his club side Douglas last weekend, while Paudie O'Sullivan continued his return from a broken leg as he starred for Cloyne.


"As it stands today, everyone is available. That increases the competition for places which is great," Cork's manager acknowledged.

"There's a bit more pressure on us to look at the overall situation and see where we can improve the team.

"We made a number of changes the last day, which were all quite effective, I thought. I'm not claiming any great stroke of genius. We made the changes because they had to be made.

Cork's performance against Waterford was of concern, according to Barry-Murphy, but he is grateful to have a second chance back in Thurles.

"Credit to Waterford, they came with their game plan and played very well on the day. I think we were extremely lucky to get the draw," he said.

"I am worried that we haven't yet shown the spark that we had last year. I'm hoping that the reprieve we got on the last day can focus our minds on Sunday. What we've seen all year is certainly below the standard that we aspire to.

"If you've got eight, nine, 10 points to peg back, by the time you've done it, it's taken a huge toll on the players – mentally and physically.

"It's certainly something we're hoping to address on Sunday and we'll have to if we're going to go anywhere at all. We can't start games like that, giving good teams leads and hoping to win anything."

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