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Moore added, “We were probably guilty in other games of switching off when we were 14 or 15 points ahead. It helps to sharpen minds when you’re marking the top six forwards in the country.
“The biggest difference was right from number 15 back to number one we defended as a unit. The work rate was absolutely phenomenal, the hooking and the blocking the forwards and midfielders did made our jobs very easy as defenders.”
DUBLIN hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey wants manager Anthony Daly to stay on for another year despite the bitter disappointment of Saturday night’s 1-16 to 0-16 defeat to Clare in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
Daly has admitted his future is unsure after Dublin’s season came to an abrupt end against his native county in Ennis.
But McCaffrey wants Daly to stay on. He told the Irish Sun, “We’d be hoping he does stay and will do all we can to convince Anthony to stay.
“If you look at how far he has brought us from where we were in 2008, the professional set up, the new players brought in -- everyone is onside and going in the one direction with a common goal.
“He has been brilliant to us and we definitely want the management team to stay on.
“I haven’t spoken to him yet. It’s still very early days and I think everyone needs to take a break for a few weeks and then hopefully we’ll get together to talk about what happened and look to the future.”
When asked about his own future after the Clare defeat, Daly said, “I don’t know to be honest with you. I didn’t know if it would be one or two years or what I’d be doing with Dublin when I met the lads over in Killaloe four years ago and they asked me to have a go at it.
“I’d never make decisions like that on the night of the game. There’s no point. You’re all emotional. There is plenty of time. There are more than me making that decision.
“It has been a very disappointing year, there’s no doubt about it. To lose in a qualifier there is no other way to describe it. Maybe last year got to lads’ heads a bit, I don’t know.”
Clare survived the dismissal of Nicky O’Connell for a second bookable offense to record a famous win over a fancied Dublin side.
Man of the match John Conlon typified Clare’s spirit on the day and afterwards he told RTE Radio, “That was fantastic stuff from Clare. When we went down to 14 men we were outstanding.
“Every one of those Clare lads has given 100% this year and the crowd can give out about passing and whatever, these lads have given everything this year.
“It’s just great because I’ve been on the panel now for four years and this is the first championship win in eight games.”
Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald also paid tribute to the spirit displayed by his team in Saturday’s win after their second half drive.
“I knew they wouldn’t fall away, I knew they would keep fighting until the very end,” said Fitzgerald.
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