Tuesday 20 February 2018

McGuinness and Harte have brainwashed me

Down's Aidan Carr scores a penalty against Tyrone last Sunday
Down's Aidan Carr scores a penalty against Tyrone last Sunday

Colm Parkinson

I was very surprised to see Tyrone cough up three goals in the second half last Sunday against Down. It was the first time in years we saw their full-back line exposed in one-on-one situations with opposing forwards.

Tyrone introduced the defensive system many teams use nowadays. This season they have reverted to a more attacking style, which puts their full-back line under more pressure.

I was critical of defensive systems when they first arrived into Gaelic football. I enjoyed the traditional man-on-man football that I was used to playing myself. But I've obviously been brainwashed by Jim McGuinness, Mickey Harte and Malachy O'Rourke because now I accuse teams that don't play defensively of naivety.

Full-back lines need help because even the best man-markers will struggle if there is space and quality ball for forwards to run on to. Forwards kicking easy scores has no place in championship football.

Irish Independent

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