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O'Shea backs Tipp defenders to get it right in replay showdown


Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea


Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea, left, shakes hands with Kilkenny manager Brian Cody after drawn All Ireland Final

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea, left, shakes hands with Kilkenny manager Brian Cody after drawn All Ireland Final



Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea

TIPPERARY manager Eamon O'Shea is leaving the defensive inquest following the concession of 3-22 against Kilkenny in the drawn All-Ireland final to the players themselves.

In keeping with his philosophy that the men on the field of play take ownership of what happens on it, O'Shea revealed that he hasn't delved too deeply into the DVD of September 7.

O'Shea admitted that there were aspects of Tipp's performance that perturbed him but he is trusting his foot soldiers to put those right in next Saturday's replay.

"It's less important what I think, it's more important what my defenders think," he said. "They wouldn't have been happy with some of the goals or some of our play. I don't think defensively we were at sea, we were playing a really good team.

"You have to put it in perspective that you were playing an outstanding team."

O'Shea has watched "bits and pieces" of the first game, instead delegating video analyst Damien Young, a former senior goalkeeper, to provide him with feedback on specific elements of performance. But O'Shea was in a position to acknowledge that the thrilling stalemate was "a really good match".

He added: "I think you have to have historical context, I don't know if you can be talking about greatest this or greatest that, you have to have historical perspective in everything.

"I haven't seen all the All-Irelands but it was a fantastic match, no doubt.

"You look at it from the point of view of the management side and see what you can do better.

"That's what the focus is on, how you can get a little bit better, you tend not to think about the match as other people see it."

O'Shea also rejected assertions that Tipperary have 'missed the boat' and that Kilkenny have more scope for improvement.

He countered: "I'd be concerned if the team felt it, but the team don't feel it."

• All-Ireland winning managers John Allen and John O'Mahony will advise Carlow's senior inter-county teams in 2015, it has emerged. O'Mahony, who won All-Irelands with Galway in 1998 and 2001, will work in an advisory capacity with new football manager Turlough O'Brien while Allen, who guided Cork to the 2005 All-Ireland hurling title, will help new hurling manager Pat English.

Irish Independent