Dolan labels Tyrone style "unbelievably predictable"

August 11, 2019

Tyrone's Conor Meyler celebrates with Cathal McShane. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Dessie Dolan has branded Tyrone “unbelievably predictable” in their style of play.

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s All-Ireland SFC against Kerry, the ex-Westmeath attacker feels that the Red Hands lack natural scorers up front.

"They are unbelievably predictable in the way they play," Dolan stated on the RTÉ GAA podcast. 

"They've tried to be expansive and it hasn't worked. It failed miserably. And Mickey Harte was probably under pressure to do it from the players. He reverted to type with Colm Cavanagh dropping back as sweeper.

"Teams have copped onto it a certain amount. Cork were very good at exposing them and only for them two quick goals after half-time, Tyrone could have been in bother. They were so predictable. Teams are more patient. They obviously say 'Colm Cavanagh is in there, we'll have to keep it away from him'.

"What you do is you work at angles. Dublin have been doing it for years. They've beaten the sweeper system and teams around the country have beaten it with their patience and build-up play. Not kicking it down on top of the sweeper, working it up the wings and running at angles."

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