Following their draw away to Kildare in the opening Division 1 encounter in this year's Allianz Football League, Pat Spillane referenced Kerry's lack of physicality in key areas on the pitch.

The Lilywhites scored the last four points of the game to earn a well-deserved draw in Newbridge and while it's early on in Jack O'Connor's third coming as Kingdom boss, Spillane did voice some concerns when he spoke on Allianz League Sunday.

"It was a reality check for Kerry. They had three turkey shoots in the McGrath Cup and there was a bit of, sort of, getting carried away. They weren't serious matches.

"Kerry will always struggle in a tight pitch and Newbridge is a tight pitch. Kerry lack physicality and that's a big problem, that physicality around the middle third. None of the half-forward line today is 5ft 10.

"They are trying to work on a defensive structure; I didn't see much of it in evidence, a little bit."

The eight-time All-Ireland winner was, however, full of praise for the Lilywhites, who were beginning life under a much-decorated management team, led by Glen Ryan.

"Kildare, on the other hand, were amazingly fit, physical, aggressive, and well organised," he added.

Also complimenting the Leinster county's effort was Oisín McConville.

"I was very impressed with Kildare today. Kildare needed a couple of things. They needed structure, a manager that believed in them, and a little bit of badness. We've seen a bit of all of those three things today. There's more to come from them."

The 2002 All-Ireland winner won't be reading too much into Kerry's showing at St Conleth's Park.

"There is a lot more to come from Kerry. For this management team it is early days. I didn't see any particular structure with them today. As the pitches dry up and the sod gets a little harder, I think it will suit Kerry a lot more."

Fellow RTÉ analyst Colm O'Rourke also had his say on the Kildare-Kerry clash and was surprised with the mindset of the latter as the game neared its conclusion.

"Something doesn't sit very well with a lot of people seeing Kerry trying to hang on to a two-point lead, he told Morning Ireland.

"The messing around with short passing in the middle of the field instead of trying to go up and score. Kildare deserve everything they got. They have an inspirational management.

"Jack O'Connor ledt them in good shape, according to Glenn Ryan, a team that's well conditioned."