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“The way Davy has made them… there’s no manliness about how Waterford are playing”

Shane Stapleton, analyst Sean Flynn, and Brian Flannery speak about the Premier v Waterford on this week’s episode of Tippcast

Shane Stapleton, analyst and coach Sean Flynn, alongside former Tipperary underage and Waterford senior hurler Brian Flannery speak about the Premier v Waterford on Tippcast.

Former Waterford hurler Brian Flannery believes that the future of Davy Fitzgerald and his players could be decided by Sunday’s performance against Tipperary.

The Deise have lost their three Munster SHC games up to now, following up a good showing against Limerick with comprehensive losses to Cork and Clare.

Fitzgerald has come in for plenty of criticism over his tactics and positioning of players, while a number of key players have also been put under the microscope.

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Tipp come into the game undefeated, albeit with just one win and two draws, and are heavy favourites to secure a place in the Munster final with victory.

“The general perception is that this is a dead rubber but for management and players, it’s absolutely not the case,” says Flannery, who also hurled underage for Tipp.

“There’s a huge amount at stake and if Waterford don’t produce a performance this Sunday for both management and players, a lot of them won’t return.”

Former Tipperary hurling analyst and current manager of Ahane in Limerick, Sean Flynn, has been unimpressed by the men in white jerseys.

“My father is from Waterford so I have gone to as many Waterford games as a child (as Tipperary games).

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“I just feel that Davy has made them… there’s no manliness about the way they’re playing.

“It’s all pushing out, trying to get free, and it just feels like the way they’re trying to play, there’s just no manliness about it. It’s all systemy.

“You just want your players to plough into the game and go hard.”

“I’m going to sound like Brian Cody but the game is still the game,” Flannery adds.

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“I’m sitting on a height looking down on all these matches (from the press box with WLR FM) and I can’t work it out, and even at times the Waterford stats guys would be sitting behind us and you’d be wondering what they’re looking down at and seeing.

“Maybe they’re getting worried about the wrong things.

“At the end of the day, you have go to get your best players on the ball as often as possible, you’re got to create chances, create scores.

“I don’t think any tactical genius or guru sitting in the stands or sidelines can really orchestrate that they’re going to win the game, as opposed to the players.”

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