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Micheal Donoghue and Brian Cody pictured following the Leinster Championship encounter at Pearse Stadium.

Micheal Donoghue and Brian Cody pictured following the Leinster Championship encounter at Pearse Stadium.

Brian Cody: 'It was unusual'

By Cian O'Connell

Brian Cody admitted it was 'unusual' that Kilkenny only managed to score 1-2 from play against Galway at Pearse Stadium.

Despite Kilkenny's problems in attack they still only trailed by three points with 10 minutes remaining before Galway pulled clear in impressive fashion.

“It was unusual," Cody reflected. "It was kind of very strange all right. We were obviously getting a lot of frees for sure and I suppose a lot of the frees camouflage the fact that you can’t score from play whereas the opportunity was there if we hadn’t been fouled and that’s what the free taker is for. But that is the way it went.  

"Sometimes games go like that and we certainly  would like to be working the scoreboard more from play.”

Cody was impressed with how Galway performed in their first home Leinster Championship match in Salthill. “I would say the Galway team of years gone by was also very very good," Cody stated. "They have won their All-Ireland now and certainly they threatened to do that many many times. 

"And they have done it now. And you can see the confidence in their play and the team work in their play. It is not a surprise. The hurlers have been there the whole time. And they are obviously a hugely strong team and they have an awful lot going for them.” 

Following three Leinster Championship matches in a row Cody is content that his Kilkenny team won't be in action again until June 9 against Wexford.

“Ah yeah it is no harm to have it," Cody says about the mini break. "We have gone a few weeks in a row and it is tiring and all the rest of it and injuries and that. Obviously a huge match coming up now against Wexford.

“It is all part of it, but at the same time players should be capable of doing that themselves. They are in the midst of a Leinster Championship and they have to do that themselves.

"And they do that. It is a question of recovery. But we have a two week break now and have a weekend off and can do a small bit of work.”

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