Dublin hurling manager Anthony Daly felt his side made too many errors and were never up to the pitch of the game in their Leinster SHC final defeat to Kilkenny.
The 2013 champions surrendered their title with not much resistance as they went down to a 0-24 to 1-09 defeat at Croke Park.
In his post-match interview, Daly cut a perplexed figure as to how his charges were so off the pace against the Cats.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “I can’t really explain this defeat. Kilkenny were dominant in so many positions.They got into their rhythm pretty quickly.
“We dropped simple ball out of our hands early on and didn’t take the right options. When we did take the right options, our first touch was off. You wouldn’t think that in training.
“We never seemed to get to the pitch of the play. We were lucky to be within four points at half-time. We did take consolation from that at the break, in that we hadn’t played but we were still in with a shout.
"We had a couple of goal chances in the second half and didn’t take them.
“The better team won and the scoreline reflected that at the finish. There is the old adage of going to the wall and absolutely making it happen. We didn’t do enough of that today and have no real excuses.”
For the Dubs, there is a chance for redemption in the All-Ireland quarter-final and Daly is hopeful the side can rise to the challenge.
“A lot of people will be writing our epitaph and so it’s up to us now to respond and give a massive quarter-final performance,” he added.
“We have to show character. There’s another day around the corner and we have to lift it."