Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash has hit out at criticism of his side’s sometimes lacklustre opening periods in big games.
Jimmy Barry-Murphy's team gave Waterford a head start and had to claw back a nine-point deficit in the drawn Munster Championship opener two weeks ago, and though Nash admits that Cork's first-half performances need to be improved upon, he said that Waterford's determination can't be ignored.
He told RTÉ Sport: “You’ve to give Waterford a lot of credit. They hunted in packs and hounded down our guys out the field, put us under pressure from every set-piece.
"Everyone’s saying that it was Cork that fell apart but Waterford are a fantastic side and always have been.
“Every time we’ve played Waterford it’s been touch and go and there’s only been a puck of a ball between us and draws between us as well.
“We were under no illusions it was going to be difficult and the next day’s going to be probably twice as hard so we have to definitely up our intensity, first of all, and then hopefully bring the skills to the level we hope to get it to.”
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