Eoin: Cats 'fought like dogs'
Former Kilkenny ace Eoin Larkin has hailed the young Cats who "fought like dogs" to claim Allianz Hurling League glory against Tipperary.
"To be honest I didn't expect them to win," he admitted. "I thought if they could come out of it with a respectable scoreline, they could take it on the chin and move on and try and improve for championship.
"They really surprised me. Everything didn't go according to plan, hurling wise, but they fought like dogs and never gave up on any ball. There was always someone there to back them up, and that's a huge attribute to have."
It's all a sea change from February 2017, when the then-recently-retired Larkin took to Twitter after a 13-point loss to Clare, describing the performance as "not good enough", highlighting a reliance on the experienced players and adding: "Younger lads need to have the attitude NEVER give up. Too many standing around."
"I'm not sure whether it had a positive impact or not but that is the way I was feeling at the time," recalled the eight-time All-Ireland winner. "It probably was a bit harsh on my part but coming from what I was after coming from and watching that, it was somewhat disheartening.
"They took it on board and I'm sure I wasn't the only one saying it to them, I'm sure Brian (Cody) and the lads were saying it behind closed doors too."