Ger Cunningham has reacted to the criticism levelled towards him over the past week, by insisting younger players deserve their place in his panel.
The Boys in Blue kicked off their Allianz Hurling League campaign with a bad defeat against Tipperary last week at Croke Park.
That led to criticism from some pundits, who felt Cunningham’s decision to cut several experienced players from his panel for 2017 was coming back to haunt him.
However, the young Dublin side followed up that defeat to the All-Ireland Champions last week, with a superb victory over Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn last night.
It’s a boost to the Boys in Blue, who had been staring down the barrel of a relegation battle, but now will be confident they could challenge for a quarter final spot.
Cunningham is still without his Cuala contingent, who will play their All-Ireland hurling semi final against Slaughneil next weekend.
The Dublin boss spoke to 98FM’s Derek Ryan after last night’s game, and insisted the decision to go with youth wasn’t taken on a whim, while he’s looking forward to welcoming his Cuala panel-members back into the fold too:
“This is our view and that’s what we’re there for- to give our opinions in relation to the players that are there in Dublin.
“These guys…we’ve looked at them all through the last couple of months playing minor & Under 21 with their clubs.
“And they’re the guys that have impressed us.
“These are the guys that we’re looking at. We’ve gone down that road and hopefully we’ll have a few more guys to come in at the end of March and hopefully build a stronger squad.