Anthony Daly has questioned if an “excuse culture” is present in the Cork camp amid rumours of player unhappiness.
A massive game awaits Cork on Sunday against Clare, as the Rebels look to bounce back from an 11-point loss to Limerick in their Munter Hurling Championship opener.
Cork should be refreshed after having a weekend off, although Clare will be full of confidence after they notched a crucial victory against Tipperary last Sunday.
Clare great Anthony Daly was writing in his column for the Irish Examiner and questioned whether Cork’s players are taking responsibility for their recent losses to Limerick and Waterford.
Anthony Daly on Cork’s unhappy camp.
“It’s hard to know where Cork are at. Nobody ever knows what’s happening within a camp but the soundings aren’t good; that the players aren’t happy with the gameplan or the set-up,” Daly wrote.
“That sounds like more of an excuse culture from the players, which they’re certainly capable of.
“Cork just need fellas to discover more about themselves, guys like Darragh Fitzgibbon, Shane Kingston and Tim O’Mahony need to deliver a big game if Cork are to get the result.
“Cork’s backs are to the wall and they should come out with all guns blazing but I expect Clare to meet that challenge head on. If Clare’s work-rate and intensity is higher than last week, I fancy our forwards to put up a big score on their defence.”
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Make or break game for the Rebels.
Should Cork beat Clare at Semple Stadium, they will be right back in contention for making the Munster final with games against Waterford and Tipperary to come.
However, if Cork lose, their hopes of making the Munster final would be all but over, while coming third in the table and qualifying for the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals would also look unlikely.
Cork showed plenty of potential in the Allianz Leagues, as they reached the Division One final, although a loss to Waterford in that decider and the following defeat to Limerick has left their season on the brink.