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CON: WE DESERVED NOTHING.

Byline: PAT NOLAN

CORK boss Conor Counihan admitted his side were second best throughout Saturday night's League opener against Dublin.

The final margin of six points owed as much to Cork netting two goals against the run of play as anything else as the Dubs looked the far more slick outfit throughout, albeit neither side fielded full strength selections.

Counihan said: "We'd be disappointed with it. Our performance wasn't good enough.

"There was no doubting Dublin were a far superior team. First half, we had a lot of chances and we probably didn't take them.

"They controlled their kick outs very well for a period of the first half, got it up fast, got the scores and every time we seemed to come back and get within striking distance they seemed to push on.

"There are some positives from the younger players that would have stood up well on their first night in Croke Park but an awful lot of work to do, we were just second to it for a lot of the game.

"I think most of the young fellas we brought in would have done reasonably well at different stages, but we certainly have a lot of work to do based on that tonight."

With many Donegal and Kildare supporters in the underwhelming crowd of 28,693 slipping away early into the cold night, the game carried little bite amid a muted atmosphere.

"If you were Dublin you wouldn't be needing intensity if you were winning that way," added Counihan, whose side are at home to Kildare next Saturday. "We didn't seem to get to the tempo of it at all, at all.

"Hard to put a finger on it. We need to go back and put a finger on it. We were quite intent in terms of wanting to come up here and put on a performance."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Feb 4, 2013
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