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Eamonn Fitzmaurice: No need for panic

Updated: Monday, 11 Feb 2013 12:54 | Comments

Kerry's Barry John Keane and Cian O'Sullivan of Dublin during yesterday's clash in Killarney
Kerry's Barry John Keane and Cian O'Sullivan of Dublin during yesterday's clash in Killarney

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is refusing to press the alarm bells following their winless start to their Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign.

The Kingdom suffered a 1-11 to 0-04 reverse against Dublin in Killarney on Sunday – a week after they lost to Mayo in a match where did not score in the entire second half.

While the nature of the defeats have not pleased the manager, he knows his side are missing some key players and feels that giving some inexperienced players a start in the league will benefit the whole set-up in the long run.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport’s Brian Carthy, Fitzmaurice explained: “We’ve had a bad week, with two awful performances. Obviously, we’re not happy, but that said, you won’t find us pushing the panic button.

“It’s a very competitive league and we knew that in these first two games our side would be experimental to some degree. At the same time, we can’t be happy about the way played in Castlebar last week and against Dublin. We have a lot of work to do, but as I said we won’t start panicking now.”

“We’ve had a bad week, with two awful performances" - Eamonn Fitzmaurice

Kerry have only managed a total of 1-10 in their games so far, but Fitzmaurice is not ready to criticize the front players.

He added: “Our forwards have not got going yet. A lot of the younger lads have been playing in attack. In an ideal world, you’d like to have a few more experienced players leading the charge.

“For the development of those up and coming guys, maybe experiencing the tough days of the last two weeks is no bad thing regarding their maturity and maximising potential. They just have to keep at it.”

Away trips against Kildare and Donegal are next up for the Kingdom and Fitzmaurice feels the break will benefit his side before those tough assignments.

“We just have to keep working and the three-week break will help us. Kildare have had a good win over Cork and are unbeaten.

"But we are determined to do better and get points on the board."

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