Dublin defender Cian O’Sullivan has admitted his side have taken great positives from losing the Allianz National Football League final earlier this month to Kerry.
The centre-back has stated that talk surrounding the Dubs’ historic unbeaten run in the build-up to the clash with the Kingdom did become a distraction.
Now that the 36-game undefeated streak has come to an end, the four-time All-Ireland winner has claimed that Jim Gavin’s team can put their utmost focus into their assault on the championship. The Boys in Blue are seeking to clinch a third Sam Maguire in a row.
The Kingdom beat the All-Ireland champions by a single point in the league final, with a last-gasp Dean Rock free only the width of a post away from forcing a draw. O’Sullivan is of the opinion that the result from Croke Park that day will do wonders in cooling the hype around the capital.
Of the unprecedented run of game without a loss, the 29-year-old said:
“It (talk of the record) was very hard to get away from.
“It does seep into your subconscious and therefore can become a bit of a distraction to your preparations. That is done away with now. So is it a positive going into the summer? Yes.
“It’s a good thing that distraction is gone now.”
The Kilmacud Crokes clubman went on to explain how he could not escape the hype and excitement surrounding the camp, even in his day job as a tax consultant.
“You’d have clients or even just work colleagues saying it to you and it’s hard to escape everyone.
“If a client is sitting across from you and talking about it you can’t really tell them (to stop), or just walk away.”
O’Sullivan was speaking at the renewal launch of Dublin GAA’s partnership with Skins.
Hat-Tip: Irish Examiner.