Daly dwells on positives for Dubs

His Dublin side were beaten by Cork on Sunday but manager Anthony Daly took solace in his players’ performance, and in particular Danny Sutcliffe’s five points from play.

“He had a great game the previous week at midfield and wing-back, and then you’re shoving him up wing-forward. He has a great attitude, a positive lad, though he’s a lot to learn yet. He’ll have to stay working hard at it, but he’s a good positive out of Sunday.

“Otherwise Paul Schutte had a tough battle with Pat Horgan, Michael Carton didn’t play in the league last year and he did well, Alan McCrabbe is coming back — there are huge positives there for us.”

Daly is hopeful of having more injured players back for the last three league games.

“David Treacy — it’s two years since he played a league game, so it’s only better he’ll get — and there are a couple more coming back from injury. They won’t be back for next week, maybe, and it’s going to be a battle, but there’s three games left.”

The Clare native was also happy to see Liam Rushe overcome an injury and play, despite not being named in the original starting 15.

“We weren’t trying to pull a stroke there,” said Daly.

“Tuesday morning we played and there was no chance of him playing. Thursday I got a mail from Enda King [physio] which said he was basically a remarkable recovery man.

“Friday he did a fitness test which suggested he might be able to play 15 minutes, he trained Friday night, Shane Stapleton was sick, we started Rushie and thought there’d be half an hour in him. He had a good game. He’s still developing, we forget how young he is.

“Where would I play him if we had a full pick? We’d have to sit down as selectors, it’s not like being David Moyes or Harry Redknapp. I’d have to ask [Richie] Stakelum [Dublin selector] or he’d get sour!”

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