Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has told his players to ‘keep their heads up’ after yesterday’s heavy defeat against Dublin in Croke Park. The side went into the match unbeaten in the league but were totally outclassed.
“Keep their heads up, basically, these things happen in football. It’s not the first time … Dublin have been on the receiving end of a few of those too.
“It happens to everybody. That’s what happens, especially in league football,” he told The Irish Independent.
“Our biggest problem was break ball and kick-outs. I think Dublin won twice as many of our kick-outs than we did and break ball, we just didn’t seem to get our hands on any.
“We lost a lot of balls in the tackle, did a lot of silly things with it, even fist-passing the ball away. We just couldn’t get an outlet from our defence and constantly put ourselves under pressure, so you have to give Dublin all the credit for that.”
The two counties are due to meet again in the Leinster SFC semi-final in June.
“That is the benchmark in Leinster for all of us who are sort of chasing Dublin. Looking at today we have a fair bit of work to do.”