John O’Dwyer should be kept in reserve to provide a spark from the bench, advises Lar Corbett.
According to the 2010 hurler of the year, the Killenaule man is “definitely, good enough to start” but for Tipperary’s sake, he must be an introduction.
“Being asked a direct question, I’ll give you a direct answer... I wouldn’t start Bubbles, and I’ll give you the reason why: It’s because you need someone like Bubbles when the game goes into the melting pot just after half-time. When he came on the last time, we all knew something magic was going to happen, and we believed ourselves it was going to happen and, when you believe like that, players believe it as well, so it’s a lift, not just as spectators, not us as media, but to players.
“We all need a bit of a lift, so when he came on it created a bit of magic. Now, if you want to start the bit of magic, who is going to come on to do a Bubbles job?
“Now, we do have players on the sideline, but do we have someone with the bit of experience, do we have someone who we believe is capable of doing that job when they come on?”
Corbett describes O’Dwyer as the “trump card” Tipperary can hold until the time is right to play it.
“I’d rather hold out, I’d rather see how this thing is going to line up and I always know that I have — I won’t call it my safety card — but the bit of magic that you do just need in an All-Ireland, and he is capable of doing it.
“I always believe that your first forward coming on should be better than your last forward starting, because you want him as a game-changer, you want him to do something that maybe hasn’t been done in the first 40 minutes.”
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