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Cody lauds infinite Kilkenny spirit
29 Sep 2014 16:04
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody proclaimed infinite spirit within the Cats panel as they battled to another All-Ireland Hurling Championship crown at Croke Park.
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Cody said questions about his side were firmly answered on Saturday, as well as doubts raised over the three personnel changes made for the replay.
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John Power, Padraig Walsh and Kieran Joyce came into the team – with all three having starring roles in the 2-17 to 2-14 victory.
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Cody dismissed any notion that it was a risky move.
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“Gambles don't come into it,” he told RTÉ Sport. “They are decisions that you take and that is the way it works.
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“People question all sorts of things that we do and don't do. We just carry on and do what we want to do ourselves.
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“That is what we're supposed to do. It is not about vindication for anything - it's about achieving what we want to achieve.
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“We wanted to win the All-Ireland final. We played excellently at times the last day and they did too. They did the same today and we did the same but we came out on top.
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“I thought our lads were absolutely fantastic. I thought our defence was heroic. The amount of blocks.... and to me that is one of the great skills in the game. It was just outstanding.
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“There was no end to their determination, their spirit. People spoke a bit about our spirit during the week and they got it very, very wrong because there is no end to it.”
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While the trio came into the Cats team and shone, Cody couldn't single out individuals but more the combined effort of the panel.
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“There was so many man-of-the-matches out there today - it was just take your pick really I would say.
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"There was no doubts in our mind about capabilities of Kieran Joyce. Or Brian Hogan if he has to play or Padraig Walsh, Joey Holden, John Power, Aidan Fogarty, Walter Walsh.
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"All the lads were there and it's a panel there. People have this obsession about settled teams as if you're not supposed to do things. We can do what we want to do because we are in charge of the team.”
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Cody refused to be drawn on questions about his own future. He said he wanted to take in their latest All-Ireland glory.
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“We're doing what we're doing for the moment while we're able to do it and I'm not even considering [the future]."
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