Saturday 21 September 2019

'Cody won't lose sleep'

Dunne demands improvement for clash with cats

Team captain Matthew O’Hanlon controls the sliothar despite pressure from Brendan Murtagh in Mullingar on Sunday
Team captain Matthew O’Hanlon controls the sliothar despite pressure from Brendan Murtagh in Mullingar on Sunday

Brendan Furlong

Wexford may have ended up eight-point winners but manager Liam Dunne was quick to point out 'Brian Cody will not lose any sleep tonight after that'.

Wexford were guilty of a cat-nap during the closing 20 minutes, that included a whopping twelve minutes of additional time, a period in which the hosts outscored the Model county on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-5.

Ahead of the Leinster Senior hurling semi-final with Kilkenny on Sunday week, June 21, in Nowlan Park, this was not the most impressive way to sign off.

'You'd need to do a lot better than that,' Dunne said.

'The difference between Wexford and Kilkenny is that Kilkenny would have come up here today and obliterated Westmeath. We didn't do that.

'The last twelve minutes they came back into it. Sometimes, unfortunately, when a Wexford man turns off he goes to sleep.'

Even though they won well they still signed off with a total of 15 wides, leaving Dunne to have a swipe at his attack.

'You would need to be an awful lot better than that.'

Dunne was clearly not happy with his misfiring forwards. He replaced both Jack Guiney and Liam Og McGovern during the course of the second-half.

'We need guys up there in the forwards stepping up. There were guys taken off today and we weren't taking them off because they needed a rest. So some players need to know they have to come up to the mantle.

'Look, no better team to come up against than Kilkenny the next day for the lads to step up.

'But a performance like that today, when we turned off, if we do that for five minutes against Kilkenny they will kill you. End of story.'

When referring to the attack, Dunne was quite happy with the contribution of Daithí Waters from centre-forward.,

'It may have taken him a bit to get into the game but he still made a positive contribution. I thought he played particularly well in the second-half, with good assists while he also got in for two points of his own. He is getting up to the pace of the game. I was quite happy with him.'

Dunne added: 'No disrespect to Westmeath or any of the other counties playing in the lower divisions, but if that happens in those games you probably can get away with it. But the top counties will put you to the sword'.

Westmeath had lost some key players in the lead-up to the game, while they also lost corner-back Shane Power, who picked up an eye injury during the warm-up, leaving Dunne to look at their misfortune.

'You must give them credit, they kept battling and took full advantage of our late sleep in. They have to be given credit for the way they kept on battling.'

Now Dunne is looking forward to the game with Kilkenny.

'You could not ask for any more, travel to Nowlan Park and a game against the reigning All-Ireland champions. That will be a huge test but one we will prepare for, and look forward to, but we have lots, lots of work to do over the two weeks.

'I suppose we were always going to be thinking of that. But, we were never going to come up here and be beaten. We have lots to work on but we will be ready to meet the challenge of the All-Ireland champions,' Dunne added.

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