No cockiness in Horgan's '20 Dubs' remark
PATRICK HORGAN has moved to clarify his remark that "20 Dubs" couldn't have stopped Cork in the home straight of last month's Allianz Hurling League semi-final.
In the immediate week of their stunning comeback, the Cork freetaker had declared: "With 10 minutes to go and we started to pile on the pressure, if they had 20 men on the field they would not have stopped us."
But that same momentum had stalled completely, come the Division One decider against Waterford a fortnight later - and Horgan (pictured) has now made it clear that he never intended his headline-grabbing quote to be construed as cockiness.
"I said that because … in the first half you could have said that 20 of us wouldn't have stopped them," he explained. "It's just the way it was going, and every teams gets a spell in a game and we just happened to get it with 10 minutes to go. It poured and poured and it's very hard to stop.
"It has gone against us plenty of times - like the time against Tipp (in this year's league), we couldn't stop that no matter how many we had. We were lucky that it happened with 10 minutes to go (against Dublin) because it didn't look too good until then."
What a difference a mauling makes: the key question for Cork now is whether their self-belief is sufficiently resilient to withstand their ten-point league final defeat to Waterford?
The same counties renew battle in a June 7 Munster semi-final, ahead of which Horgan insisted: "We're a confident team and, when we show up to play, we're a very hard team to beat.
"If we come with the attitude we did against Waterford (the last day) it just won't work for us. When we're hungry, we can play and we are really hard to beat."
The Glen Rovers man wasn't surprised by Waterford's intensity; it's fair to surmise Cork have an even better idea what to expect next month. "We knew it was coming - we just couldn't match them," he admitted.
"Just small things as well changed during the game that maybe would have got us back into it ... a missed goal chance in the first half, a point not given in the second half."
Horgan is also confident that the lure of championship will bring back the Cork faithful. "Even after Tipp beat us last year really bad, we got great support this year as well in the league. We entertained them a lot in the league and I think they'll definitely show up in two weeks," he concluded.