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Down manager Jim McCorry goes on the attack over reporting

By John Campbell

Down manager Jim McCorry, whose side have just made the quantum leap into Division One, has lost no time in firing a curt broadside at "the negative reporting" of Gaelic football.

"For a while, the whole focus seemed to be on the problems surrounding the annual fixtures programme and how it should be sorted out. Everybody was reporting on this ad nauseum and now it seems to be all about blanket defences and the death of gaelic football," raps McCorry.

"I don't think there is any depth to this at all. I believe that managers will adjust as we go along and there will be re-adjustments come championship time again. I am of the opinion that too many people are prepared to ring that death-knell too early for us. It's very boring when all you see is negative reporting all the time."

McCorry, relishing the task of seeing Down confront the sport's aristocrats in the top bracket of next year's Allianz League, is focused on the forthcoming Division Two final against Roscommon at Croke Park.

And, in a further blast at the seemingly ever-increasing army of critics of current styles of play, he cites the high scores which his team have racked up recently as an indicator that defensive strategy is not all-consuming.

"When you look at the scores we have got such as 3-13 against Kildare, 1-17 against Galway and 2-14 against Westmeath as well as the 3-12 we landed against Laois at the week-end there, I don't think such totals would in any way be endemic of a blanket defence mechanism," says McCorry.

"I honestly don't know how we could make the game more entertaining unless we try and double those kind of score lines. We try to play a fast, attacking brand of football although I accept that it is probably boring for people to have to watch too much of the blanket defence system."

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