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Anthony Cunningham: Forwards hold the key for Galway in All-Ireland replay

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 12:02 | Comments

Anthony Cunningham is calling on his forwards to make more of an impact this Sunday
Anthony Cunningham is calling on his forwards to make more of an impact this Sunday

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham believes his forward line holds the key in the All-Ireland Hurling Final replay against Kilkenny on Sunday.

Cunningham has praised the display by his backs during the drawn final, but suggests that his forwards have more to give in pursuit of the county’s first All-Ireland title since 1988.

He told RTÉ Sport: "Our defence was tremendous the last day and we want to do that again. Kilkenny have a star-studded forward line and we’ll want to stop them scoring."

"I think it will be tit-for-tat again and onwards and upwards for us" - Anthony Cunningham

"We will need a little bit extra from our forwards. We want them to get back up to the level they have shown in the Leinster final and the Championship to date."

When asked about his sideline contretemps with Kilkenny manager Brian Cody at the end of the drawn game, Cunningham again insisted it was just a run of the mill sporting incident.

"No matter what match you go to, whether it’s a club match or whoever you are involved with, you will look for a free, or dispute a free or say it should have been us. If the shoe was on the other foot we would have been complaining down the other side.

"But I think the draw was a fair result. Brian is a huge sportsman with a record that will never be equalled. We are the pretenders to the throne and we want to beat them, but Kilkenny also want to hold onto their crown.

"Once the ball is thrown in it will be whoever focuses best on the game, and we’ll want to keep to our game and play the game we are good at and so will Kilkenny.

"I think it will be tit-for-tat again and onwards and upwards for us."

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