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Simon Lambert: 'Dublin need to use their physicality up front'

By Paul Shaughnessy

Former Dublin senior hurler and Ballyboden St Enda's dual star Simon Lambert stated that ''Dublin need to impose themselves physically'' against Antrim in the Leinster SHC Quarter-Final in Navan on Saturday at 3pm.

''Chris Crummey and Danny Sutcliffe in the half forward line need to be used as an outlet for Dublin this weekend against Antrim whether it's winning ball aerially from the Dublin puckout or where Mattie Kenny's side can use a platform in the half forward line for the players in the middle third to play off''.

Dublin's form has been up and down in the league with victories over Laois and Antrim. The Dubs suffered defeats against Clare, Kilkenny and Wexford. ''Inconsistency has been a theme of Dublin hurling since I have been playing.

There has been some criticism around Dublin hurling in the past that too many of the players are being moved around in different positions. Lambert argues that ''players need to be versatile in today's game and that some of these switches have worked. Liam Rushe was always a centre back and the former Dublin hurler believes that Chris Crummey would be more dangerous at wing back''.

A frustration around Dublin hurling is that the boys in blue haven't really pushed on in championship since their victory over Galway in 2019. ''Things really haven't clicked since our victory over Galway. Donal Burke has been introduced since then but there seems to be an over-reliance on the Na Fianna sharpshooter and other forwards will need to step up and contribute on the score board''.

''Dublin's game plan since Mattie Kenny has came in has been mixed at the start they were playing through the line and now at any chance the Leinster side get they go long. The next day against Antrim, the Dubs should go long but obviously only hit the ball inside when there is a sweeper present''.

''Both sides will not be familiar with Tailteann Park but it will not be a major advantage as it is tight pitch similiar to the Corrigan Park and Parnell Park. It will be a massive physical battle around the middle third and this is where the winning and the losing of the game will be decided''.

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