Tuesday 10 December 2019

All teams now play defensive - Comer

Damien Comer
Damien Comer

Damien Comer has defended the oft-criticised set-up of the Galway footballers, insisting that "every team is defensive now" - including the Dubs.

The Galway captain is back running and edging closer to a return from ankle surgery but won't feature against Roscommon in Sunday's Connacht SFC final. However, as a key cog in the Galway machine over recent seasons, he has no issue with the tactics embraced by Kevin Walsh.

Moreover, he maintains, the comparison with Corofin's swashbuckling approach is not a valid one.

"Every team is defensive now. I don't think you'd get away with that style at inter-county level. Corofin are a great side but it's totally different when you bring it to an inter-county level," Comer argues.

"I think it's evident in everything (you see). Even the Dublin game (against Louth) - one of the lads who was at the game sent me a picture when they were down to 14 men and there were 14 of them behind the ball.


"The Louth goalie was out nearly between the '45' and the '21' and it was just funny. Because everyone would label us a defensive team, and Fermanagh and a few others, but it's nearly every team at this stage.

"You'll defend in numbers, you attack in numbers but it's part and parcel of it. I don't know is it going to change any time soon. I think it probably has gone a little bit more expansive than it was."

That includes all teams, not just Galway. "Scoring around 12 or 13 points a game isn't going to win you most games. You need to be getting that attacking element. So every team needs to attack but again you need to protect the house as well," he stresses.

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