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Monday 23 October 2017

Cunningham: We will reflect on it but we've got to move on quickly enough

7 March 2015; Dublin manager Ger Cunningham shakes hands with Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy after the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Round 3, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
7 March 2015; Dublin manager Ger Cunningham shakes hands with Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy after the game. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Round 3, Dublin v Cork. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE

THE scenario and its potential implications aren't quite so grave as Dublin's last visit to Ennis in 2012 but there's definitely more riding on next Saturday now than might have ordinarily been expected.

"In one sense, it's not a bad thing," said Ger Cunningham about the prospect of going to Davy's lair in Cusack Park in search of points from a team with an even greater need.

Particularly after a performance of such resounding insecurity as Saturday night.

"You have just a week to turn it around.

"We're not going to ... we'll reflect on it but we've got to move on quickly enough. Within in a week, we have to go down to Ennis.

"That's the challenge for us as management and as players.

"We've got to regroup and go down and take on the challenge that will be Clare in Ennis next weekend."

Quite what they do this week is hard to imagine.

Dublin's malaise was widespread, so the mere dropping of players might not suffice, even if a couple - Paul Ryan especially - made unquestionable claims with their performances from reserve.

"All the subs," Cunningham insisted.

"Not just Paul, when he came on. All the subs made an improvement. That's a plus. They all made an improvement when they came on."

Gary Maguire won't be available, however, having sustained an injury before Dublin's first League game against Tipperary.

"He's injured," Cunningham clarified.

"He chipped a bone in his finger before the Tipperary game. He's only just back in training.

"He's possibly a week or two short of being able to catch a ball yet. He's been training. He just got that injury before the Tipperary game."

Cunningham insisted the hammering carried no added sting merely because it was inflicted by his own county, but it was hardly an ideal way to renew old acquaintances either.

"I know all those guys, both on the line and on the pitch very well," he said.

"I suppose the disappointing thing was the first half performance.

"We didn't get to the pitch of the game. That was disappointing and you're always going to struggle to get back into the game after that.

"It's a loss. It doesn't make a difference who beat you."

Jimmy Barry-Murphy, meanwhile, left Croke Park with a smile the size of his medal haul after securing a second impressive win following their opening night struggles with Kilkenny. "Yeah very disappointed, we all were," he acknowledged referring to their clash against Brian Cody's Cats.

"The players themselves were very disappointed with their display.

We just wanted to bounce back from that. We did it against Clare. We got an even better performance tonight so we'd have to be pleased."

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