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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ger and the Dubs are on right road - O'Grady

THE Dubs back in their favourite Donnycarney Den. Maybe it's Patsy's tea that puts the spring in the timber.

The Croke Park performance against Cork was banished from the system, and now it's Limerick for a semi-final place in Division 1 of the Allianz Hurling League.

The former Dublin manager, Michael O'Grady (inset), would have taken that before the start of business, and he's happy with what he has seen so far.

"The first two games were great. Nobody expected us to beat Tipperary and Kilkenny, so it was a real bonus to have four points on the board at that stage.

"Cork in Croke Park was just one of those days. That can happen to all teams.

GREAT HEART

"And even though they lost in Clare, I felt the team showed great heart. They played some very good hurling."

And they continued in that vein in Parnell Park on Sunday against Galway.

Since Ger Cunningham came in, there has been a fair bit of musical chairs. Liam Rushe to full-forward has been a talking point.

"I agree with Ger. That's the place for Liam," judges Michael.

"We need a big man up front. He'll get scores. He'll makes scores. He'll torment any defence if he gets the right ball.

"And the right ball is the ball that is dropping into him from the air, not the one where he has to come out 40 yards to try and win it."

Michael likes the freshness in the side. "I'm pleased with the young lads that have come in. They are learning. You need time, but they are on the right road.

"It augurs well. It's a massive job for Ger replacing Anthony Daly.

SCENE

"It's difficult at the start not knowing the players and so forth. I know he has guys on the line that know the scene well, but, at the same time, as a manager, you want to be putting your own stamp on it.

"I think he has done well."

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