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NOTHING'S changed as far as Kerry are concerned - deal with Stephen Cluxton or face the dire consequences.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice believes winning the battle against Dublin means having the right strategy to nullify the effect of Cluxton's kickouts.

"He's really back to his best this year," said the Kerry boss.

"If you were watching the semi-final against Donegal on TV, you don't have an appreciation of how strong the wind is and how difficult it is to judge your kick outs particularly against that breeze.

"That added another factor into the quality of his kicking the last day.

"No more that Dublin being the best team, we all know about Stephen Cluxton, about his quality.

"We all know how important a weapon he is to Dublin in getting the ball further out the field and getting them up the field quickly - getting their backs rolling and getting the Dublin machine rolling.

"Of course we'll have a plan for it but plans sometimes can work and sometimes they don't and we'll have to be ready to adapt.

"But it's a big part of the game and I'm sure just as we'll be looking at the Dublin kick outs, they'll be looking at ours as well. It's a big opportunity to get possession and attack the opposition.

"If we're to win the game we're going to have to do well on Dublin's kick outs."

Fitzmaurice rates the decision of defenders Rory O'Carroll and Jack McCaffrey (left) to take themselves out of the equation for Dublin as a loss to Jim Gavin.

But he added: "They've a lot of quality to come in. Of course the lads who have stepped out were big players, but imagine the way Jim Gavin is looking at it.

"The players who are waiting on the bench for a cut at it are only mad for a go and they see a gap or two opening up and it gives them a chance to stake a claim.

"When you're trying to back up an All-Ireland, you need your team to change and the fact that their hand is being forced is no bad thing.

"They'll be looking at it from a positive perspective."


GAMEPLAN Dublin 'keeper Stephen Cluxton

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Apr 22, 2016
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