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Monday 11 December 2017

Blues have earned respect says Tipp star Darren Gleeson

22 February 2015; Darren Gleeson, Tipperary, reacts after picking up an injury. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Round 2, Tipperary v Galway. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
22 February 2015; Darren Gleeson, Tipperary, reacts after picking up an injury. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1A, Round 2, Tipperary v Galway. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE

TIPPERARY goalkeeper Darren Gleeson has called for Dublin to be afforded more respect after successive wins over last September's All-Ireland finalists in their opening League matches of 2015.

Much of the aftermath of Tipperary's 12-point loss to Dublin in Parnell Park in round one of the League focused on the Premier side's shortcomings, rather than Dublin's relatively polished display, but Gleeson feels that a solid Tipp performance and four-point win over Galway last Sunday proves that his team weren't as bad as depicted.

"Maybe people would want to look at Dublin and give them the respect," suggested the 2014 All Star goalkeeper.

"They showed us what a good team they were last week and maybe that's the big point to be taken out of it: not to be overanalysing Tipperary.

"Have a look at what's going on around. We're going on about our business and Dublin are too."

Tipp go to Ennis in two week's time to face a Clare team desperate for points and alone with two losses at the foot of Division 1A.

hungry

"It's a cliche but the next two points are the most important," the Portroe custodian reasoned.

"Clare will be hungry for the next two points and we'll need them to stay the right side of the table. Two wins and a draw could get a team into a quarter-final.

"It's going to be interesting but hopefully we'll be at the business end of it.

"It's going to make a right hot battle in Ennis the next day.

"We're going to focus on getting our bodies right after this game.

"And we'll have four or five sessions to put in before we go to Ennis and that's going to be a big game for both Tipp and Clare".

Gleeson concluded: "Nobody will want to come out the wrong side of it."

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