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Sunday 4 December 2016

BRIAN McIVER has defended Derry's role in last Saturday night's so-called 'Death of Football' encounter with Dublin,

McIver: Dubs as much to blame

BRIAN McIVER has defended Derry's role in last Saturday night's so-called 'Death of Football' encounter with Dublin, writes Frank Roche.

The Derry manager is "mystified" that his team has shipped most of the blame for their heavily criticised 0-8 to 0-4 defeat. But he insisted he was not a fan of the "game of chess" that inter-county football has become and would "find it hard to watch".

"You can't win," said McIver. "Had we went down and played a lovely flowing game, everybody would say 'Sure Derry have learned nothing from last year.'

"And when you try to improve it and change things from your own team's perspective, all hell breaks loose. Dublin set up, by and large, exactly the same as ourselves," he maintained, "yet we are the ones that have done all the damage and caused so much havoc to Gaelic football.

"That one mystifies me. It's slightly contradictory. We got serious stick for keeping possession, but it was very hard to do anything else whenever Dublin had men behind the ball."

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