Sunday 17 November 2019

No Croker fears, insists Cunningham

Ger Cunningham
Ger Cunningham
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dublin manager Ger Cunningham has dismissed any suggestion that the county's hurlers are struggling to win games in Croke Park.

Dublin have lost all four games they have played at the venue since winning the Leinster title there in July 2013.

An All-Ireland semi-final to Cork, a Leinster final to Kilkenny, a Walsh Cup final to Galway and a league match against Cork last weekend have all been lost, fuelling a growing belief that they are struggling to cope there.

In contrast, they won both league games at Parnell Park last year, beating Kilkenny and Clare , and they also got this league campaign off to the flying start at the Donnycarney ground last month.

"Dublin in the last couple of years have certainly performed very well on occasion at Croke Park," said Cunningham (left).

"Okay, it's not Dublin's spiritual home compared to Parnell Park, it's a different surface, different sort of pitch and so on. But if you're looking at winning Leinsters and All-Irelands, Croke Park is where it's going to be."

Cunningham accepted some responsibility for the slow start that allowed Cork to get out reach quickly on Saturday.

"They were at the game right from the start, whereas we made a couple of positional switches that might, in hindsight, not have been the thing to do."

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Cunningham insisted the Dubs will continue to experiment.

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